By Ivan Chou and Joseph Yau.
Parallel to the Covid-19 pandemic is an education crisis of unprecedented proportions. A research team in the United States has projected that students will learn about 30 per cent less in reading and 50 per cent less in mathematics than in a normal school year.
In Hong Kong, under our learning-from-home policy, 90 per cent of teachers have reported that they are falling behind schedule. The Examination Authority, aware of the disruption, has reduced the assessment load for most subjects in the DSE exam.
The Hong Kong government, to its credit, has implemented measures to tackle the problems arising from home-learning. It has paid particular attention to the hardware problem among disadvantaged students and has helped teachers transition into online teaching through seminars and a digital resource centre.