Students from CEGEPs and universities who, in the red zone, can no longer attend their educational institution have been on distance learning for several months.
These young people understand the importance of collective effort, but the isolation has reached a certain limit. Let’s not be fooled, the signals of difficulty, depression and anxiety are being heard more and more.
Impacts on academic success
Learning behind a screen is not for everyone, online education is a challenge. Staying focused for two or three hour seminars that follow one another day after day is not a situation favoring the optimal acquisition of knowledge. Not all teachers have a natural talent for virtual oratory, either.
The latest daily figures which report 1,500, 2,000 cases of COVID-19 per day suggest that distance studies will continue for a few months.
With this observation, we will certainly see negative impacts on academic results. This is worrying.
Opt for scoring: success or failure
Several universities chose this spring to offer a rating based on success or failure, rather than quantitative results. This has applied for ages for students pursuing study sessions abroad, having the beneficial effect of minimizing the impacts on the average.
This is an urgent solution to be implemented in all universities and CEGEPs in Quebec in order to minimize the impacts and adapt to the situation involving distance learning.
Since this situation weighs heavily on many of our young people, the Prime Minister and his Minister of Higher Education, Danielle McCann, would do well to speak directly to young Quebec students, if only to thank them for their effort.
The duo could commit to prioritizing a gradual return to class as soon as the situation stabilizes. One day a week for college and university students, in accordance with Public Health, would be a step forward, especially for first year students.