Slovenia’s Remote Schooling System Now Robust After Initial Problems

By , 22 Oct 2020, 12:35 PM Lifestyle
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STA, 21 October 2020 - There were technical issues preventing some students from participating in remote learning when students from grade 6 switched top remote learning on Monday. The authorities say the kinks have now been ironed out and the system is robust enough even if all students switch to remote learning.

On Monday many students reported having problems logging into accounts that were set up specifically to access online classrooms run by the Academic and Research Network of Slovenia (ARNES), which provides internet infrastructure for educational and research institutions in Slovenia.

On Tuesday there were still some glitches with the online classrooms, while today ARNES witness two distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks, at 8am, when most students were logging in, and again at 10am. The online classrooms were therefore unavailable for roughly 15 minutes, but both attacks were successfully deflected, ARNES said today.

ARNES director Marko Bonač provided assurances that the problems have been sorted out as he met with Education Ministry State Secretary Jure Gašparič today. "I hope it stays this way," he said.

Gašparič said the system was now "sufficiently robust and resilient" even if students from grades one to five of primary school were to switch to remote learning now.

Education Minister Simona Kustec expressed regret and said she expected the system will be stable in the future. "I hope that this was a beginners' mistake that will not happen again because it must not happen."

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