According to a survey by the National Council of Educational Research and Training and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), and the CBSE, overall17.6% — more than one in six teachers — are uncomfortable with online education.
Most teachers – from professional schools – fail to teach online, a study has found, which ensures that their students have disgraceful consequences.
One in seven teachers in central government and another in five in the Central Secondary Education Board have said that they have “difficulties” or “burden” in conducting online classes.
After the pandemic in March, schools (and institutions of higher education) have been closed and all courses taken online.
Education professionals said the challenges of these teachers could stem from inadequate training and preparation and would lead to poor learning among a large number of their students.
Based on the results of the study, NCERT recommended that teachers be qualified to take online lessons, provide students with the tools required to attend these classes and, if possible, pair students with neighborhood children without gadgets.
A total of 3,543 teachers and 18,188 students, 253 heads and 1,26,124 parents participated in the study.
The central government funds Kendriya and Navodaya schools, after stringent tests, to hire well-trained teachers and are usually considered to be higher than the typical CBSE or state government schools.
32,4% of students in Kendriya college, 28% in Navodaya school and 30% in other CBSE affiliates had negative feedback on online education, too.
The KVS did not train its teachers in conducting online classes, says Chhikara, a teacher in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bathinda Cantonment.
“Teachers over 45 or 50 years of age have had no online access before. They take the support of friends and family members, “said Chhikara.
The key leaderships showed dissatisfaction with online education at approximately 11% in Kendriya schools; 30% in Navoda schools and 25% in the other CBSE schools.
Figures of 31.6, 28 and 35.3% were registered among parents.
“My classes were attended by just 30%. Families don’t have enough mobile phones to support their children with Internet connectivity. The energy sometimes fluctuate, “Chhikara said. Often the network is down.
Besides these, the teacher’s inability to pay enough attention to every student as needed is another problem for Online classes. Ambastha said.
The National Councils for Research and Training on Education or the District Institutes for Education and Training, said NCERT, that administer such teacher training programmes.
The NCERT has proposed Virtual teacher training programs to educate children who lack smartphones, tablets, or quality Internet access to alternative means for education (non-classroom, non-online).
The children can regularly be provided with worksheets (exercises) and school reading material by volunteers and teachers can regularly visit the school to instruct and assess their progress.