MAP - Tuesday, July 28th 2020

Preschool: 83.5% of Children Do Not Take Distance Learning Courses

Casablanca - A proportion of 83.5% of pre-school children did not follow distance learning courses (79.1% in urban areas and 94.6% in rural areas) during the confinement imposed by the health crisis related to the pandemic of the novel coronavirus (covid-19), according to the High Commission for Planning (HCP).

The main reasons cited by heads of households are lack of awareness of the existence of dedicated channels (43.7%), difficulty in attending classes due to the young age of the child (22.1%), the uselessness of classes (10.7%) and the lack or inadequacy of tools (5.5%), explained the HCP in a note on social relations in the context of the covid-19 pandemic - 2nd panel on the impact of the coronavirus on the economic, social and psychological situation of households.

The note also stated that nearly one child in six (16.5%) attended pre-school distance learning courses (7.1% regularly and 9.4% irregularly), 88% of them assisted by a member of the household, 32.9% full-time and 55.5% part-time, adding that this assistance was provided by mothers in 73.9% of cases, fathers (16.7%) or another member of the household (9.4%).