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Most Parent Want Their Kids Back in School

Most parents want their children go back to schools when they fully reopen in the fall semester.

Currently only preschoolers, first, second and 12th graders are allowed to go to school every day. For other grades, schools in the greater Seoul area must alternate between online and offline classes to ensure social distancing.

Volunteers disinfect an elementary school in Daejeon on Thursday.

The ministry conducted an online survey of 140,000 teachers, 560,000 students and 950,000 parents at elementary, middle and high schools, and 65.7 percent ticked “very positive” or “positive” when asked what they think about fully reopening schools.

And parents were the most enthusiastic with 77.7 percent, compared to 52.4 percent of teachers and 49.7 percent of schoolkids. Parents of children in elementary school were particularly keen with 79.2 percent, suggesting that the burden of having the kids in their hair all day is getting too much.

Alarmingly, only 26.1 percent of high school students are happy about going back to school and more than half of them ticked “very negative” or “negative.” The reasons could be anything from laziness to the stress they associate with life at school.

Among middle school students, 40.9 percent want schools to reopen but among relatively carefree elementary schoolkids, 76.6 percent are eager to see their friends again and go to class.

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