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74% Parents Say Yes To Sending Children Back To School: Survey

This LEAD survey was conducted amongst 10,500 metro and non-metro parents whose wards study in classes 1-10.

At a time when state governments are relaxing lockdown restrictions and schools are reopening after almost 18 months in a phased manner, EdTech major LEAD conducted a survey among parents to learn their views about sending children back to school. 

The findings revealed that 59 per cent of respondents felt that their children suffered learning loss due to the pandemic, and 74 per cent of parents are willing to send their children back to school. They believe that a complete school experience is possible only with the reopening. 


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The survey was conducted amongst 10,500 metro and non-metro parents whose wards study in classes 1-10.


Keeping in mind the health and safety of children, LEAD’s survey indicated that for 22 per cent of parents, vaccination of school staff is a top priority. Besides, 55 per cent of metro parents rated social distancing as most critical, followed by healthcare facilities (54 per cent); whereas parents from non-metros said sports and social distancing were equally important (52 per cent).

Voicing challenges faced by children and parents during the pandemic recalled how they used to juggle between ‘work from home’ and ‘school from home’ in the initial days. The study found that 47 per cent of metro parents spent between 3-4 hours a day in their children’s school as compared to 44 per cent in non-metros. Further, the survey indicated that the majority of parents (63 per cent) feel that engagement in a physical classroom leads to better social interaction amongst children. 


LEAD Co-founder and CEO Sumeet Mehta said, “Schools need to be treated as essential utilities and parents must send their children back to school with a positive and open mind. Let us prepare to welcome them back to school by undertaking all the necessary precautions and safety measures.” 


Higher dissatisfaction among non-metro parents

Only 40 per cent of parents in non-metros said that their children studied on a personal computer, while close to 60 per cent metro parents indicated that their child learnt on a computer/laptop even after a year into the lockdown. Most students from non-metros attended schools via smartphones, which often added to the worries of parents. 


Data also indicates that the virtual learning environment of children has been a more worrying factor for non-metro parents than metro parents when it comes to skillsets for the future. 53 per cent metro parents rated problem solving and logical reasoning as the most important skill, as against 47 per cent non-metro parents. Similarly, more than 50 per cent metro parents felt digital literacy was an important skill, as against just 45 per cent non-metro parents. Vocational exposure and skills, ethical and moral listening, and coding and computational skills, were some of the other skills that parents in metros believed were important. 


Some common areas of concerns 

While 70 per cent of parents of both metros and non-metros said both the parents were involved in their children’s learning activities, the share of ‘only mothers’ being involved in their studies was higher in metros (21 per cent) as compared to non-metros (18 per cent), indicating increased responsibilities, especially for working women. 

What parents across other cities have to say on sending children back to school: 

Bengaluru 

72 per cent say YES to sending children back to school 

Hyderabad 

69 per cent say YES to sending children back to school 

Chennai 

73 per cent say YES to sending children back to school 

Pune 

66 per cent say YES to sending children back to school 




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