Rural Households Lack Devices for Distance Learning|無網路.缺載具 偏鄉學生遠距上課有難度

COVID-19 has caused disruptions to school and work. Distance learning may be used to allow students to continue their studies at home. However, there are many students living in rural areas that lack the hardware and connections that allow them to learn remotely.

This is the village of the Kakawasan Tribe in Taitung County. Students spend their evenings at home doing their homework. Many of them don't have computers at home, so they need to borrow their parents' mobile phones in order to access the Internet. At times, the parent and child fight over who gets to use the phone. COVID-19 previously caused the government to delay the start of the school semester. If classes need to be suspended on a broad scale due to a worsening of the epidemic situation, distance learning may be the solution to allow students to continue their studies. However, there are many students living in rural areas or tribal villages that lack the necessary hardware and connections. Their parents have to work during the day, meaning the children can't use their phones to access lessons. The only possible solution is to take turns with the phones.

I normally don't have time to spend with him and help him with his studies via the phone.

They each get a turn of 20 minutes.

Schools are preparing for the eventuality that classes may be suspended due to the epidemic situation and practicing implementing distance learning. According to Ministry of Education statistics, the percentage of households with junior high or elementary school students in the six special municipalities that lack the hardware and connections necessary for distance learning is less than 20 percent. However, the percentage is much higher in the counties of Yunlin, Chiayi, Pingtung, Hualien, and Taitung. The problem is especially serious in Taitung County, where the percentage of households without hardware and connections is the highest in the country. Tribal villages can enjoy free Internet via i-Trib, but oftentimes the connection quality is poor. Taitung County's Education Department says the Ministry of Education has already supplied 700 mobile phone numbers with Internet access, while the county has 2,000 mobile devices. It is capable of responding to a school closure on a small scale, but not on a large scale, which will then require rescheduling classes.

If classes are suspended for two weeks, it will require at least a week to make up the classes in person. In addition, distance learning is not very suitable for the lower grades.

The department adds what the county lacks the most right now is mobile devices, and anyone with surplus devices at home can consider lending them temporarily to the county government for the duration of the epidemic situation.


家長 王先生表示:「因為我們平常也沒有時間,跟在他旁邊,教他看手機來上課。」

家長 張先生表示:「要讓他們去分配,就是說每個人,大概20分鐘這樣子而已。」


台東縣教育處長 林政宏表示:「停課兩個禮拜,但是回來補課的時間,至少還是要一個禮拜來做實體補課。另外低年級的部分,也不太適合做線上教學。」


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