Are just one student less happy?

Corona and the desire to learn: For almost a week, grades 7 to 10 in Hesse have also been able to go to school properly - if the incidence is right. It was a real highlight for many children.

From Hanna Immich

Going back to school for the first time in five months: For many children and young people in Hesse, this has been possible again for almost a week - even if so far often only in an alternate model. Since the hard lockdown in mid-December, the pupils in grades seven to ten in Hesse were almost exclusively in distance lessons, so most of them were more or less alone at home.

hessenschau.de met four young people from different families and social backgrounds and talked to them about how they feel about going back to school and how they experienced the long time in home schooling.

Soufian, 12, and Luka, 13: "The internet kept crashing, it was unfair"

Soufian is twelve years old and goes to the Ernst Reuter School in Frankfurt, an integrated comprehensive school. His father is a risk patient. That is why he has been almost exclusively at home and in online classes for a year. Luka is 13 years old and goes to the Liebigschule in Frankfurt, a grammar school. The two are neighbors and best friends. They both regularly visit the Ark in the Northwest City. Soufian and Luca receive lunch and help with their homework in the emergency care of the children's and youth center.

"I was really happy to be able to go back to school because I can finally see my friends again and we have normal classes again," says Luca. Soufian is also less happy about the friends, about the corona self-tests that all children have to do. "I find it disgusting when you have to stick this stick up your nose."

The long time in homeschooling had bothered them. Above all, being alone a lot, says Luca. "In the beginning it was really cool, but then it got boring and boring. Nobody is at home because everyone has to go to work." In the emergency care in the ark they would at least have had company and help with homework.

The technology in online lessons did not always work either. "The internet always crashed for me, so I couldn't say anything to the group. My class teachers couldn't understand me," says Soufian. "I then had to write in the chat. But children with whom the connection was good could say something and were faster. I thought that was unfair." Apparently things didn't go any better in Lucas's class. "The online lessons were really a problem, most of them had internet problems or technical problems. The internet often didn't work for me either."

Luise, 13: "First it was great, later it was terrible"

The 13-year-old Luise from Eschborn (Main-Taunus) is in the 7th grade of a private school in Königstein (Hochtaunus). Luise has three siblings and comes from a family of lawyers. Now, according to her own statements, she is "overjoyed" to finally be able to go to school again. "I got up earlier than normal. It was really nice to see my friends again." She found the time at home good at the beginning, but in the end it was a burden for her. "On the day that was decided, I thought: Please, keep school closed! But after a week or two it was just terrible."

She would never have thought that she would miss school and the regular everyday life so much. "The lockdown came so suddenly. It was always normal to get up early and go to school. Then everything was just kind of gone." That was very difficult. Luise has good prerequisites for this. She lives with her family in a large house, has enough space and good technical prerequisites for distance learning in online mode. However, she finds it "exhausting". "I really noticed that I haven't learned that much. It's just easier to understand it when you read something alone at home than when the teacher explains it to you or does an experiment."

She also misses the band at school where she plays the tuba. She has not been in the swimming pool for a year, although she usually goes swimming twice a week. Luise thinks a lot and doesn't understand why young people like herself weren't allowed to go to school for so many months. After all, compulsory schooling is not free. "There is also a reason why it is forbidden in Germany for parents to school their children at home." In February Luise even wrote an email and a postcard to Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) and asked him when she would be allowed to go back to school and that she was at the end of her tether. She has not received an answer to this day.

Ilham, 13: "First we laughed together"

13-year-old Ilham comes from Frankfurt and lives in the north-west of the city. She is in the 7th grade. In the afternoons she also visits the Arche children's and youth center regularly. She has three siblings, and her father has several jobs.

Ilham had been almost entirely at home for over a year. She is also just happy to finally see the inside of the school again. "The first thing we did was laugh and be happy together." The class teacher also greeted her very nicely. "He said: you've all grown, we haven't seen each other since December. It's great to see you guys again with new faces."

Ilham shares a room with two brothers. That didn't make studying at home any easier for her. "My brothers are often noisy. One studies in the living room and I and my other brother study together in our room." She did not understand some things in online lessons correctly, but things are now working much better at school. "We had a new topic in maths, and I had real problems, no matter how often I asked in online class, I just didn't understand it. Until we went back to school, our teacher explained it to us and then left it also gets into my head. "

Broadcast: hr-iNFO, May 19, 2021, 6.50 a.m.

Source: hessenschau.de/Katrin Kimpel

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