The temporary closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic led to classes being switched to online space. However, many of the students do not have the conditions at home necessary to attend distance education. The Prime Minister, Antnio Costa, announced that the Government is preparing a solution to ensure classes through DTT.
"For all educational levels, we are working on a safety net solution, because we know that many people do not have access to the content and classes that have been being taught online by computer," said the Prime Minister.
In an interview with Cristina Ferreira, at SIC, Antnio Costa explained that, although DTT is more accessible to the population, the task at hand will not be easy. Drawing a parallel with the times of the tele-school during the 70's and 80's, the Prime Minister indicated that today it is more difficult to make a grid covering the dozens of subjects that exist.
According to Antnio Costa, the possibility of students missing the school year due to the suspension of face-to-face classes is not under the table. We have to save the year, ensuring everyone the greatest fairness in the assessment, but also the best opportunities to have educational access, because the school is not only assessed. also the set of learnings that are acquired., stressed the Prime Minister, stressing again the safety net based on DTT.
Enhancing accessibility is one of the priorities and, according to Antnio Costa, the Government will continue to develop all digital platforms that have been in use and to study the opportunities to be able to reopen schools depending on the state of the situation.
The Prime Minister's announcement follows the set of measures taken by the Ministry of Education to mitigate the problem of inequalities in access to online classes. Among them is the detailed survey, in each school, of the number of students who do not have any equipment at home or Internet access.
Priorities in granting resources in view of the urgency and degrees of vulnerability of students should be listed. Telecommunications operators and hardware companies should be contacted to explore the best solutions and a quick response to local problems. The Ministry of Education also states that support will be given to schools for the implementation of local solutions, whether on the initiative of groupings, municipalities or parents' associations.
The problem of the lack of access to computer equipment also affects teachers. Thus, the Ministry of Education stresses that it is necessary to survey the needs, being one of the points of the issued script, with the guiding principles for the implementation of Distance Education (E @ D) in schools.
A brigade of support for teachers and principals with more than 100 professionals was also made available. The team's function is to ensure a close monitoring of educational establishments, contributing to collect good practices, as well as the constraints felt.