The return to school desks, regular classes and meeting peers during the breaks are principal wishes of elementary and secondary school students all over Serbia expressed by the Institution’s Youth Advisory Panel members in a discussion with Ms. Jelena Stojanović, the Deputy Protector of Citizens for Child Rights.
“We wish to attend school daily and have regular classes. Those of us who enrolled in high schools this year have not yet met the other half of the class. If cafes and clubs are allowed to work, then we may attend school normally as well", states one of the participants in a meeting held via Zoom due to the current epidemiological concerns.
Most of the participants in the meeting confirmed that they missed going to school daily, in-person teaching, as well as the opportunity to immediately ask the teachers anything they were interested in. They also complained about the online classes’ organization, particularly the fact that in some schools, students from one group sent to friends from another group what had been taught at school that day, so the omissions occurred.
Another disadvantage is the fact that they have to prepare on their own for tests in different subjects scheduled in the same week.
Youth Advisory Panel representatives told the Protector of Citizens’ expert associates that due to the organization of classes via the Internet, they had little spare time for socializing and free activities. In their words, they mostly miss socializing at school.