School going students are not the only ones to find the transition to online classes on account of the pandemic difficult. A new survey among school teachers by India’s leading Maths learning app Countingwell has revealed that 9 out of 10 (90%) teachers have seen a significant increase in their workload during the pandemic.
When asked about their daily workload and how it has been affected by online classes, nearly 45% of the respondents reported an increase in work north of 2 hours per day. However, about one-third (30%) of the respondents feel that ready-made lesson plans and worksheets can help reduce this workload. Additionally, 54% of the respondents believe that learning apps aid them with tools and complement online classroom learning.
Around 400 teachers from across the country took part in the online survey conducted by Countingwell during the International Maths Premier League, a five-week virtual competition hosted by the edtech startup. The survey focused on middle-school teachers from across India and tried to analyse various aspects such as changes in teachers’ workload and what tools can help teachers reduce it, the most efficient teaching method, and the rise of learning deficit in students.
Mr. Nirmal Shah, Cofounder of Countingwell said, “Given that there is no clarity on vaccination for children, most schools will have to continue to operate virtually for at least the next five to eight months. While there are abundant insights on the effects of online classes among students, particularly school going children, there are negligible studies on how teachers are coping with this sudden shift in teaching methods. Our survey aimed to fill this gap and sought to bring out their perspective on how far they have adjusted to online teaching, and what are their biggest challenges in teaching online effectively. We also wanted to help discover new solutions and approaches to aid online teaching techniques, as we firmly believe that edtech can be a useful and valuable tool for the teachers as much as for students. This sets the stage for our blended learning product we will soon introduce for schools across India.”
Shockingly, over 83% of school teachers also believe that the reduced syllabus, lack of classroom learning and reduced student interaction has resulted in a learning deficit among students. On the other hand, 65.5% of the teachers supported a blended mode of learning (a mix of online and offline classes) and believed it to be more effective. Only 10% of the teachers believed that a purely online teaching model was effective, and 25% continue to favour an offline-only teaching model.