With the Dutch parliament arguing about its introduction, a curfew would affect students the most, says the Interurban Student Consultation (ISO)
Translated by Adriana Dancu
Students, from MBO to HBO and University, have had a particularly hard time because of the Coronavirus measures. They are not only affected because of the fact that their social lives have decreased sharply, but also due to less available work and fewer internships. If a curfew is added to this, residual physical education and examinations, which currently happen in the evening hours, would stop altogether. Therefore, education should be exempted from curfew argues the Interurban Student Consultation (ISO).
“It has now been ten months since online education was introduced. Anyone who cares about the students cannot help but be concerned. They can take far fewer in-person lessons, see a huge shortage in the number of available internships and apprenticeships, and are faced with a significant reduction in educational quality. Moreover, the uncertainty in the labor market is unprecedented and students are deprived of almost every form of social contact. The introduction of the curfew will therefore not only lead to a smaller number of house visits, but will also mean that students will be affected on a financial, social and mental level,” the ISO said in a press statement.
For university students, the problem lies mainly with physical education and examinations. In order to keep up social distance while having physical education in universities as much as possible, classes are taking place in the evenings. The vast majority of education is already provided digitally, however, students still cannot participate to many things taking place in universities, reports GIC.
Dahran Çoban, chairman of the Interurban Student Consultation (ISO) says that “the cancellation of already planned exams would be disastrous for students, we risk a massive study delay. For many students, that one evening workgroup every week is their only physical education, going back to 100% digital would be a huge blow for students.”
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