One of 3 students finds online classes difficult: NCERT survey

One of 3 students finds online classes difficult: NCERT survey

NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: More than one in every three students find online classes difficult or burdensome, with most students facing problems in understanding mathematical concepts, a survey by the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) has found. Poor internet connectivity, disruption in electric supply and non-availability of devices, such as laptops and mobile phones, are among the major hindrances hampering online learning, as per the survey, which is the most comprehensive such study by the Centre.

It also showed that mobile phones are the primary means through which students are accessing online classes. The NCERT surveyed students and  teachers of the education ministry-run Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs), Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (NVS) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools to understand the effectiveness of online learning measures.  According to the NCERT’s survey of KVs, comprising 9,000 responses, 6 percent of the students found online classes burdensome, while 24% found them difficult. 

The rest termed the classes satisfactory or joyful. Among teachers and principals, 1 percent found the classes burdensome, over 10 percent difficult, while a majority found them satisfactory. 

Nearly 30% of over 6,000 parents surveyed felt the online mode burdensome or difficult, while the rest gave a positive response. 

Among the JNVs too, 28% of the over 4,000 students surveyed found the classes either burdensome or difficult, while the rest said responded with satisfactory or joyful. 

Among the 4,800-odd CBSE School students surveyed, 12% found online classes burdensome while 26% found them difficult. Nearly 35% of the 3,939 parents too felt the online mode was either a burden or difficult, while the others gave a positive result. 

The major problems that came to fore were poor internet, difficulty in accessing content on phones, lack of knowledge in using devices for learning, untrained teachers and erratic power supply. 

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