By Jean-Claude Nuekpe
Both students and teachers share an optimistic view on returning back to school.
The last time Big Heart Christian School (BHCS) students were in school was at the end of the school year in December. Since then the COVID-19 cases rose and we had to go back to online classes.
During the first week of March, amid speculation of a hybrid class system for a few weeks, BHCS students returned to regular classes with mixed reactions.
“Advantage of the offline class is engagement,” said Mr. Jung, the BHCS Social Studies teacher. “There is a higher level of engagement with the teachers in discussion but also the students.”
Mr. Jung said the level of participation and motivation is also higher during regular classes.
“Online classes have their own benefits but I would 100% choose online class”
Though there was the issue of safety and health the interviewees believed it was a good move by the school administration.
“I don’t really see the benefits [of online classes],” said Yunsu Choi, a BHCS Senior. “But if I had to say one thing it would be that we can talk to each other during lunch time and see each other.”
When asked about their choice between online and offline classes, students and teachers preferred offline classes. The main reason was the interactions between students and teachers.
In an offline setting, students are able to react to the teachers’ every move and are able to actively participate in the lectures.
2020 was the first time that teaching online was used globally. And after COVID-19 ends, students and teachers were asked if online classes would be used. Some answered “Yes” while others answered “No.”
“I think as long as a human experiences something that is easier for them then they would try to take that path,” Mr. Jung said.
Vaccinations began in Korea on February 26. So far, the total amount of vaccines administered is about 600,000.
“It might have been a little early because it’s not like the situation settled down, we just started sharing the vaccines, and it’s not as if the numbers are getting low,” Soomin Kim, a BHCS Junior said.