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Attitude of Ukrainian schoolchildren to return to school


The press release was prepared by Lyiudmyla Yuzva, sociologist, research team analyst


From August 15 to 27, 2021, the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) conducted an all-Ukrainian survey of schoolchildren. By the method of computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI) were interviewed 1,022 respondents living in 78 settlements in all regions of Ukraine (except the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) by a stochastic sample, representative by quotas for the region and oblast of residence, type of settlement, gender, age.

In Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, surveys were conducted only in the territories controlled by Ukraine.


The statistical error of the sample (with a probability of 0.95 and a design effect of 1.1) does not exceed:

2.4% for indicators close to 50%,

2.1% for indicators close to 25 or 75%,

1.5% for indicators close to 10 or 90%,

1.1% for indicators close to 5 or 95%,

0.5% for indicators close to 1 or 99%.


In order to track the problems that schoolchildren have before returning to traditional schooling within the project funded by the National Agency for Academic Exchanges of Poland (NAWA) entitled "Identifying barriers to the return of Ukrainian and Polish pupils to school" (Intervention Grants Program, BPN / GIN / 2021/1/00012 / U / 00001), a sociological research was conducted in which pupils were asked about the availability of distance learning. According to the results of the survey, it was found that according to most criteria, distance learning was more accessible for Polish pupils than for pupils in Ukrainian schools (%).



In the research, pupils were asked to rate the quality of online lessons. Both in Poland and in Ukraine most pupils evaluate distance learning negatively - 46% among Poles and 51% - among Ukrainians.




The vast majority of respondents indicated that the level of teaching in online lessons is lower than in classroom lessons. Among Polish students, this was noted by 65% of respondents, among Ukrainians – 57%.

One of the main questions of the research was the question of what pupils are most afraid of when returning to traditional schooling. One of the biggest barriers for pupils in both countries was the inconvenience of having to get up early and get to school - it was indicated by 34% of Polish and 36% of Ukrainian schoolchildren.



On the eve of returning to school, pupils were asked what form of education they would choose if they had a free choice. Pupils of both countries gave a significant advantage to the traditional form of education - 60% Polish and 65% Ukrainian.





In the research, pupils from both countries reported a deterioration in various aspects of their health, so they were also asked about their attitude towards vaccination. The situation is strikingly different because in Poland - 22% of pupils indicated that they are vaccinated against COVID-19, while in Ukraine - only 2%.






Research group:

Dr. Hub. Piotr Dlugosz, Dr. Damian Lizhka, Dr. Pavel Valvender, Dr. Anna Gagat-Matula, Ph.D. Liudmyla Yuzva, Ph.D. Anastasiia Bastrakova.


For additional questions please contact:

piotr.dlugosz @ up, (Piotr Dlugosz) (Yuzva Liudmyla)



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