Distance education action plan presented

Science and Education Minister Blazenka Divjak on Wednesday presented a draft distance education action plan for the next school year, saying distance education was a necessity, not an end, that it surpassed expectations and that the ministry preferred live education.

The draft plan will soon be put to a two-week online public consultation.

The action plan is based on the experience gained in distance education introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic and it envisages a possible new epidemic wave in the autumn, said Divjak.

Which education model has been chosen will be known by September 7, the start of the new school year.

The action plan comprises three scenarios: mostly live education, with the possibility of distance education for some students; a mixed model combining live and distance education, with both containing elements of e-learning; and mostly distance education.

Divjak said the plan underlined the need for training teachers.

She said the third public procurement of equipment for the next school year was under way and that it envisaged 110,000 tablets for elementary school students worth HRK 154.6 million and 26,755 laptops for teachers worth HRK 89 million.

Among the projects applying for European Social Fund financing is the third stage of the elementary and secondary school curricular reform worth HRK 295 million and the e-Higher education project worth HRK 50 million.