A Survey Of The Parents' Opinion On The Schooling Of The Thai Elementary School Students During The Coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) Pandemic
Keywords:Learn from home, distance learning policy, COVID-19, elementary school students
This survey research aimed to describe the impact of the distance learning (On-air/Online) schooling of the Thai elementary school students during the Covid-19 lockdown. The online questionnaire was used to collect the data, and 421 respondents' answers were analyzed using descriptive data; frequency distribution, percentage, mean and standard deviation. The findings revealed that most of the respondents received several supports to prepare for the distance learning (On-air/Online study from home measure announced by the Ministry of Education in response to lockdown policy due to COVID-19 pandemic. There are more respondents, 52.49%, who answer "Yes" against 47.50% who answered "No" on the appropriateness of distance learning (Onair/Online) for elementary school students. Among those who support online mode, 90.04% reported that this measure could help prevent the child from the COVID-19 virus infection by interacting with classmates and traveling to school. The reason for the "No" was that the child/ grandchild does not have enough concentration during the online teaching and learning, causing the learning to be inefficient and ineffective (68.50%). Only 13.06% reported no impacts of the distance learning policy (On-air/Online) on parents' work schedule. The cited reason for those who fell the impact was that another family member (s) could look after and supervise the child/ children (37.05%). The distance learning (On-air/ Online) of the elementary school students had a moderate impact on the overall family household. (mean =3.03, SD=0.828). In particular, the highest report impact was on the education issue (mean=3.34, SD=0.933), followed by on infrastructure (mean=3.26, SD=1.181), the least was on nutrition and food (mean=2.54, SD=1.097), respectively.