Aditya Birla Education Trust’s #BackToSchool survey provides insights from students, parents and teachers about their readiness to return to physical school
Aditya Birla Education Trust recently conducted a survey #BackToSchool to gather insights from students, parents and teachers about their preparation for physical school return. The COVID-19 epidemic has wreaked havoc around the world and has had almost universal effects on students and teachers, severely disrupting the entire education sector. Physical schools were transformed into virtual schools and serious changes had to be made in the effectiveness of teacher training. Conversations will soon begin around schools in Maharashtra. According to ABET, 57 per cent of Mumbai-based students would prefer a hybrid learning model to move forward.
The #BackToSchool survey was conducted by Aditya Birla Education Trust among 1500 respondents from Mumbai including students, parents and teachers. The sudden shift of online learning pushed the education system which was not easy for everyone to get used to. Thus, the analysis reveals that approximately 30 percent of students, 32 percent of parents, and 44 percent of teachers find online learning methods to be somewhat challenging for a variety of reasons.
Highlights of the survey
- A hybrid model of learning to be the way forward in the education sector
- 89% of parents believe that students should be taught proper hand-washing and breathing etiquette.
- 95 percent of parents think that teachers and other staff should be fully vaccinated before students return to school
- More than 44 percent of teachers currently prefer a hybrid model of education
- When conducting online sessions, 55 percent of teachers have experienced digital fatigue at some point
- When studying from home, 59 percent of students felt that learning online was more difficult and tedious than studying at school.
Returning to physical school:
The survey acknowledged that 67 percent of students, 59 percent of parents and 64 percent of teachers would prefer to go to school physically if all safety precautions were followed. These include full immunization of school staff, regular sanitation of the entire campus, maintaining social distance, promoting hygiene among students, etc. Preliminary results from the survey show that most prefer to return to school when they plan to reopen.
The survey also found that about 57 percent of students and 48 percent of parents want to choose a hybrid learning model where students must attend physical classes about two or three times a week. Similarly, 44 percent of teachers currently prefer a hybrid model of teaching.
Increased virtual fatigue:
The epidemic has led to an increase in the use of digital devices which has resulted in increased screen time. With ongoing online schooling, it is not surprising that ‘virtual fatigue’ has been and will continue to be a serious challenge for many. At one time or another, 55 percent of teachers experienced digital fatigue when taking classes online. Similarly, 59 percent of students feel that online learning is harder and more tedious than school education. Eighty percent of parents are concerned about their child’s socio-mental health and will be at peace if life can go back to pre-cowardly times.
A strong teacher-student bond not only improves the learning process but also has a lasting effect later on. However, due to complete learning from the home scene, only 21 percent of teachers have felt strongly connected to students in the past year. According to the results, 11 percent of students think that learning online is more interesting than school education, where 84 percent prefer in-campus learning because it allows them to collaborate with their classmates, solving their questions. Their favorite teacher and much more. 41 percent of teachers believe that the transition from the traditional chalkboard method to fully digital has affected the quality of learning. Adding to that, 13 percent of parents felt that what their children lacked when learning online was the motivation, motivation and healthy competition that usually drives children to keep their best foot.
School reopening guidelines and parent preparation:
Protecting the next generation from the coronavirus is crucial, and schools must take decisive action to prevent students from learning. Based on the survey, 88 percent of parents feel that regular sanitation in school is essential. 77 percent think that everyone should maintain proper social distance and 74 percent think that regular temperature checks should be done by school authorities. Eighty-seven percent of them believe that the universal and proper use of masks should not be compromised. Eighty-nine percent of them believe that students should be taught proper hand-washing and breathing etiquette. And on top of that, most parents, that is, 95 percent, think that teachers and other staff should be fully vaccinated before students go to #BackToSchool.