Morocco’s Ministry of Education suspended on-site study at schools and universities in mid-March and ventured into remote learning.
Rabat – Approximately 60.6% of Moroccan students spent less time studying during the COVID-19 lockdown than before. The figure appeared in a recent report from Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP).
The report, issued on Sunday, July 26, tackled the changes in social habits of Moroccans during the lockdown. HCP based the report on a survey that targeted 2,169 households between June 15-24.
According to the report, since the Ministry of Education closed schools in mid-March, the majority of students reduced the time allocated daily to their studies.
Two-thirds of Moroccan male students (65.3%) spent less time studying, compared to 55.8% of females. The decrease was also more frequent in cities (69.8%) than rural areas (56.4%) and among public school students (62.8%) compared to private school students (46.1%).
The rate of Moroccan students that allocated less time to studies was the highest among middle school students (70%). Primary school students came second (66.3%), followed by vocational training (49.6%), high school (45.7%), and higher education (39.6%) students.
Meanwhile, approximately 9.9% of Moroccan students spent more time studying during the COVID-19 lockdown than before. The percentage was highest among high school students (24.4%) and university students (15.6%).
On average, Moroccan students aged 15 and above spent three hours and one minute studying every day of the lockdown. The average duration among women and girls was three hours and 18 minutes, while men and boys spent two hours and 44 minutes studying on average.
The average duration is one hour and 36 minutes less than the time spent studying during the pre-lockdown period.