Remote-Learning, Time-Use, and Mental Health of Ecuadorian High-School Studentsduring the Covid-19 Quarantine

25 Pages Posted: 20 May 2020 Last revised: 21 May 2020

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Igor Asanov

University of Kassel

Francisco Flores

University of Kassel

David J. McKenzie

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Mona Mensmann

Leuphana University of Lueneburg

Mathis Schulte

HEC Paris - Management & Human Resources

Date Written: May 19, 2020

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has closed schools around the world, forcing school systems and students to quickly attempt remote learning. A rapid response phone survey of over 1,500 high school students aged 14 to 18 in Ecuador was conducted to learn how students spend their time during the period of quarantine, examine their access to remote learning, and measure their mental health status. The data show that 59 percent of students have both an internet connection at home and a computer or tablet, 74 percent are engaging in some online or telelearning, and 86 percent have done some schoolwork on the last weekday. Detailed time-use data show most students have established similar daily routines around education, although gender and wealth differences emerge in time spent working and on household tasks. Closure of schools and social isolation are the two main problems students say they face, and while the majority are mostly happy, 16 percent have mental health scores that indicate depression.

Keywords: Health Care Services Industry, Educational Sciences, Mental Health, Gender and Development, Educational Institutions & Facilities, Effective Schools and Teachers

Suggested Citation

Asanov, Igor and Flores, Francisco and McKenzie, David John and Mensmann, Mona and Schulte, Mathis, Remote-Learning, Time-Use, and Mental Health of Ecuadorian High-School Studentsduring the Covid-19 Quarantine (May 19, 2020). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 9252, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3605886

Igor Asanov (Contact Author)

University of Kassel ( email )

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Francisco Flores

University of Kassel ( email )

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David John McKenzie

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )

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Mona Mensmann

Leuphana University of Lueneburg ( email )

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Mathis Schulte

HEC Paris - Management & Human Resources ( email )

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France

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