Supporting our students during Home-Based Learning

Published Date: 22 November 2021 09:00 AM

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居家学习期间为学生提供支持

谨答复《联合早报·交流站》于11月17日刊登的黄复原读者投函《居家学习效果不好》:

我们明白黄先生所提到的家长、看顾者和学生在延长居家学习期间所面临的挑战。

我们同意居家学习不能完全取代在校学习。长时间不在学校上课会干扰学生的学习,也会影响他们的社会情感发展和心理健康。这就是为什么在冠病疫情期间,教育部的做法是确保学校的安全,尽可能让学生回校上课。

如果有必要延长居家学习,学校会尽最大努力,支持学生的全面发展。教师利用在线平台和资源,定时要求学生签到,监测他们的健康状况,并确保他们学习的连续性。教师也尽心为学生提供有趣且应付得来的课业。

我们非常感谢家长和看顾者,在居家学习方面给孩子的支持。教育部为此提供了资源、策略和建议。在居家学习期间,学校也继续向有较高学习需要,以及没有其他看顾安排的学生开放。

我们的教育工作者明白,在大流行期间帮助学生保持平衡生活方式的重要性。他们意识到必须确保功课负担不会太重,以便学生有足够的时间探索个人兴趣,与家人保持关系,并得到充分的休息。

每所学校都有既定的家庭作业政策,来满足这方面的需要,并采取措施,管理和协调分配给学生的功课量。然而,对学校来说,要在这方面精准地照顾到所有学生的需要是很有挑战性的,因为不同的学生完成同一份作业,所花费的时间和精力是不同的。

我们鼓励家长和看顾者向学校提供有关功课方面的反馈,以便学校可以直接处理。

尽管疫情带来了挑战和干扰,但我们很高兴看到,许多学生适应得很好,在学习上变得更加自主和独立。尽管受到疫情的影响,学校和教育工作者将继续与家长和看顾者密切合作,确保学生在学校和家里,继续良好地学习和成长。

教育部
副教育总司长(课程)
孙振炜


We understand the challenges faced by parents, caregivers and students during extended Home-Based Learning (HBL) as mentioned by Mr Huang Fu Yuan ("HBL is not effective", 17 November).

We agree that HBL cannot be a full substitute for school-based learning. Prolonged periods away from school disrupts students' learning, and also affects their social emotional development and mental wellbeing. This is why throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, MOE's approach is to keep schools safe and have them remain open as far as possible.

If extended HBL is necessary, schools do their best to still support students to develop holistically. Teachers use online platforms and resources to conduct regular check-ins with students to monitor their well-being and to ensure continuity in their learning. Teachers also take care to provide lesson packages that are engaging and manageable to students.

We are very appreciative of parents and caregivers for supporting their children in HBL. MOE has provided resources, strategies and tips to help them do so. Schools also remain open for high-needs students and those without alternative care-giving arrangements during HBL.

Our educators understand the importance of helping students lead a balanced lifestyle during the pandemic. They are mindful of the need to keep homework load manageable to allow adequate time for them to explore personal interests, bond with their family, and get ample rest. Every school has an established homework policy that addresses such needs, with measures to manage and coordinate the amount of homework given out to students. However, it is challenging for schools to get this balance exactly right for all students, as different students take different amount of time and effort to complete the same piece of homework. We encourage parents and caregivers to provide feedback on homework to the school concerned so that their feedback can be looked into directly.

Despite the challenges and disruptions brought about by the pandemic, we are encouraged to see that many of our students have adjusted well, and become more self-directed and independent in their learning. Schools and educators will continue to work in close partnership with parents and caregivers to ensure that our students continue to learn and grow well in school and at home, despite the COVID-19 disruptions.

Mr Sng Chern Wei
Deputy Director-General of Education (Curriculum),
Ministry of Education

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