Thailand – Students suffer during pandemic as online learning falls short

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Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Language: Thai

Duration: 00:04:50

Source: A24 subscribers

Restrictions: A24 clients

Dateline: 15/02/2022

Storyline:

Students in Thailand have expressed dissatisfaction about the education situation in the country because of the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying anti-COVID measures, as schools have adopted online learning in a bid to limit the spread of the virus and protect their students. University students have said that their lives have been affected by the online learning system. Although online learning comes with some benefits, such as both students and teachers would have more time to study and prepare, they explained that their social lives and human interaction have been negatively affected. They urged the authorities to adopt a hybrid approach of learning whereby students can take online and in-class lessons, allowing the students and faculty to make the best out of both worlds.

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– (Soundbite) A Chulalongkorn University student

“I feel that my life schedule is amess. In normal situations before the COVID-19 pandemic, we wake up and go to high school; we would wake up early in the morning and hurry to take a shower and brush our teeth and then we go to school. But when studying online, we would wake up; we would prepare ourselves a little bit and then turn on our devices; turn on our computers and start studying. I feel that our schedule is too tight. We do not manage our lives properly.

– (Soundbite) A teacher:

“If a teacher would take a look at online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic era, they would realize they would enjoy some advantages. The new situation gives teachers more time to prepare for teaching. because this reduces the burden of traveling. Teachers have time to prepare content and lessons and update their teaching style. It allows teachers to communicate with students more, but the problem lies with the devices they use, whether they are phones, tablets, iPods, or whatever; each person has a different phone signal, making learning unstable because some people use the internet for free and some would have monthly paid subscriptions. When some teachers teach online, children would need time to connect and enter the session, prolonging the process and delaying the start time. Some would lose the internet connection. The internet is still considered strong and children nowadays use communication tools a lot often. Because most older children use the internet, the internet would be under pressure.”

– (Soundbite) A student:

“Well, I think that not going out to meet people limit human interaction. In the past, we had been able to go out to meet friends and communicate with others. But now we have to sit in a square room and talk to our friends through screens. It has reduced my interactions with my friends. It used to be an interactive society. If the situation we have persists, students’ passion and drive to study might run out. I would suggest adopting hybrid learning where there would be both online and in-class learning. If learning would continue to be online, there would be a negative impact on both the family and health. I wish there we could go to school.”

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