Distance learning: teachers worried

Apprentissage à distance: des enseignants inquiets

OTTAWA – A survey of 18,000 canadian teachers shows the limits of distance education, which has been put in place after the closure of the schools due to the pandemic of COVID-19.

The survey of the canadian Federation of teachers (CTF/FCE), conducted from the 1st to the 18th of June, shows that “distance learning does not allow for a quality education”, we read in a press release sent Friday by the organization.

In fact, 73% of respondents believe that online learning is to be truly fruitful. In addition, 74% of respondents say they are concerned about the mental health and well-being of their students.

“We have students living at home difficult things. For some, school is the place where they feel secure and with which they have family ties that reinforce this sense of security,” explained one respondent.

Other teachers “are concerned about the well-being of the students that only connect rarely or never” and believe that “the current model increases the gap between the haves and the other”.

Unfair

A majority of respondents fear that this mode of teaching emphasizes the inequities. In this respect, 92% reported that “lack of access to technology and learning materials was an obstacle to a public education of equitable quality”.

In this context, the back-to-school worries 99% of the respondents. Their anxiety would come from the fact that they are not aware of the plans for the recovery. They have denounced the continuous changes imposed by the Education ministries in the different provinces and territories. The teachers say that they do not have the time to adapt to guidelines changing, and that they do not have support to do so.

This situation weighs heavy on the shoulders of teachers. Moreover, 44% of respondents said that they feared for their mental health and well-being.

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