Parents call for school return
Around 100 parents of students at Menntaskólinn við Sund (MS), a Reykjavík further education college, are calling on the school to end online teaching and return students to class in the run up to Christmas.
They say their children are less happy, less motivated, and attaining worse grades, and that they would benefit from a physical return to school. The group of parents believe the same rules should apply during the pandemic for further education establishments (mostly ages 16 to 20) as for primary schools (ages 6 to 16).
“They’ve been sitting at home for a long time now, distance learning, and don’t have much hope for a quick return to school. It is, in fact, isolation. They are a bit alone. It’s harder to be in a comprehensive system or a credit system than in a class system,” says Vala Pálsdóttir, one of the parents.
“Just waking up every day, getting dressed and going out does a great deal for people. To be among other students," Vala says. "To sit at home, maybe even in bed, talk to few others, being alone in study; I think that is getting harder and harder, and especially when you don’t know when you’ll be able to go back to school. The Surgeon General has said that kids have to be in school, and I think we should remember that in further education establishments, most are still children and they have the right to be taught, so we need to increase the age. Instead of having it just for primary schools, we should have colleges included.”