Children evaluate their schooling
ChilNet extract from La Epoca
6 November 1997
out of every 10 school students agree the schoolday in Chile
should be lengthened from half day to a whole day, said the
results of a United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) survey
released Monday and conducted jointly with the poll company Time.
The extension of school timetables is one of the proposals
included on the educational reform package announced last May by
President Eduardo Frei.
representative Kristina Goncalvez said the aim of the survey was
to discover the opinions of school students regarding their
teachers, their school environment, friends, subjects studied at
school as well as their depth of knowledge regarding Frei's
education reform package.
When asked to
evaluate the quality of education received at school, 70 percent
of the respondents said it was extremely good. Meanwhile, 22
percent of children interviewed said the worst aspect of their
schooling is "a bad infrastructure" and a quarter said
they consider unmotivated and bad-tempered teachers as the worst
part of going to school.
The poll reveals
that children would prefer more extra curricular activities such
as sports and computer work over traditional school activities
such as reading and writing. Mathematics, however, is top of the
list of preferred subjects, with 35 percent of the votes.
Minister Jose Arellano made a positive evaluation of the poll
adding that children need to be informed regarding the education
reform package which most of the respondents associate only with
the extension of the timetable.
also be informed about efforts to improve the equity and quality
of the system, the extra support being given to teachers and the
reorganization of the curriculum," said Arellano.
When asked about
the reforms, almost 60 percent of the respondents said they were
familiar with them. Of these, 82 percent said they learned about
the reforms via television and not at school.
The poll was
conducted between June and July among 900 children aged 10 to 15
in schools based in the cities of Santiago, La Serena and Temuco.
Almost 60 percent of the children were from state-run schools and
the rest were from subsidized and private schools. *