E-learning does not ensure equitable quality learning for all students: NCERT Survey

NCERT had been directed to form a committee by the Ministry of Education and conduct surveys, which gave results that “various substitutes for E-learning do not ensure equitable quality learning for all students.”

Student’s Learning Enhancement Guidelines were released this Wednesday by the Ministry of Education after the substitute modes of learning and teachings were adopted on the closure of schools because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Students are having differential access to various technological gadgets, or lack of support for learning at homes with unequal distribution of time from teachers results in the disparity of online learning. Therefore closure of schools would lead to loss of education and insufficiency in students for achievements.

The committee was drawn from NCERT, NIEPA, CBSE, KVS, and NVS holding academic and circular expertise. They conducted surveys in various KVS, NVS & CBSE schools about digital modes used by students for receiving online education and concerns for those who couldn’t receive due to lack of devices.

According to the survey 50% were facing trouble, with 20-30% saying they experienced difficulties and 10-20% feeling it as burdensome for them.

Use and sharing of content via digital devices were difficult because of poor connectivity/bad signals as main hindrances added on by some students saying lack of knowledge with teachers for conducting online classes.

Despite governments push and promotions for online learnings some students are saying they’re facing difficulties as they don’t have textbooks thou e-textbooks are available on NCERT and various other platforms but the students are used to study from hardbound one’s.

28% of respondents in the survey have also highlighted another reason acting as a hindrance in the teaching-learning process is “lack of electricity”. But besides that 27% have pointed the “non-availability of smart-phone devices”.

The findings also revealed that 60-70% of participants found the teaching-learning process during COVID “joyful” & “satisfactory”.