From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : Not much
Mains level : Paper 2-
The Azim Premji University has published the report titled “Myths of Online Education”, on the efficacy and accessibility of e-learning.
We have studied the Impacts of COVID-19 on Education. https://www.civilsdaily.com/burning-issue-education-in-times-of-covid-19/
This report provides decent data about the woes of online education and is easy to remember.
About the study
- The study was undertaken in five States across 26 districts and covered 1,522 schools. More than 80,000 students study in these government schools.
- It examined the experience of children and teachers with online education.
Highlights of the study
- More than 60% of the respondents who are enrolled in government schools could not access online education.
- Children with disabilities in fact found it more difficult to participate in online sessions.
- 90% of the teachers who work with children with disabilities found their students unable to participate online.
- Almost 70% of the parents surveyed were of the opinion that online classes were not effective and did not help in their child’s learnings.
- 90% of parents of government school students surveyed were willing to send their children back to school.
- The survey also revealed that around 75% of the teachers spent, on an average, less than an hour a day on online classes for any grade.
Online classes are less effective
- Teachers as well as students their expressed frustration with online classes.
- More than 80% surveyed said they were unable to maintain emotional connect with students during online classes, while 90% of teachers felt that no meaningful assessment of children’s learning was possible.
- Another hurdle that teachers found during the online classes was the one-way communication, which made it difficult for them to gauge whether students understood what was being taught.
- Teachers also reported that they were ill-prepared for online learning platforms.