24 Critical Problems of Online Classes (and 6 advantages)

24 Critical Problems of Online Classes (and 6 advantages)

Corona has disturbed the education ecosystem as a result of which several problems of online classes have emerged. Schools have adopted online methods of teaching however there are numerous critical problems associated with this approach. It is important that institutions, in collaboration with parents and respective stakeholders, work tirelessly to come up with strategies and action plans to resolve (or reduce the impact of ) these challenges. Below is a list of 24 problems of online classes

24 Disadvantages of Online Classes (E-Learning)

  1. Teachers cannot see what students are doing which directly impacts the quality of education as teachers cannot supervise the students properly.
  2. During normal school hours kids do a lot of physical movement in breaks whereas during online classes no major physical activity happens which leads to kids’ health issues.
  3. Kids learn a lot from each other when they socialize in school. Socializing results in exchange of information and ideas, establishes mutual trust and emotional bonding with each other and improves several personality traits. Online classes directly impact the grooming of kids.
  4. Due to continuous sitting in front of the screen, kids’ eyesight gets impacted or may lead to back issues due to extended sitting in the same posture.
  5. Families with more than one kid have to purchase additional tabs or computers which is a major cost for many middle-class parents.
  6. Many parents and kids have to face IT and network related problems. Families that do not have much exposure to technology suffer a lot due to this.
  7. Teachers cannot judge the level of comprehension of students and sometimes unable to provide ‘additional’ explanations to students. Usually, in regular classroom teaching, teachers can easily judge if the students are not grasping the concepts and he/she can exert extra efforts to let kids fathom the concepts.
  8. Many schools do not have a mechanism to check online homework. Teachers cannot check students’ textbooks, copy books and work books . Many students take ‘advantage’ of this and do not complete home assignments.
  9. Students may not follow instructions and rules and do not comply, knowing that school can’t do anything.
  10. Students and parents are not comfortable with the new ways of class tests and have to put extra effort into learning new mechanisms.
  11. Some students can easily deceive the exam system and take help from their siblings to pass the exam.
  12. Students can easily skip classes. Even if the teacher takes the attendance at start, it is quite easy for student to miss it for the rest of the class tenure
  13. Due to no interaction with class fellowes, students get bored which leads to distraction from study
  14. Students can play online games or watch videos while being ‘present’ in online class.
  15. Students may get distracted due to mic issues, speakers issues or other computer issues [such as patch upgrades, software restart etc]
  16. Students may take extended breaks for water or for washroom which may result in missing important parts of lessons.
  17. Since the students do not have to wake up early and get ready for school, they tend to sleep late which makes them dizzy during the class. Some students may fall asleep during the class. Sleeping late also impacts their health.
  18. Many students cannot practice what the teacher has taught. This lowers their graph of learning.
  19. Students do not get personal attention from the teacher in general and for specific problems.
  20. Some teachers do not produce qualitative presentations for kids to elaborate the contents.
  21. Students keep calling their parents for many small matters which creates stress for the parents.
  22. If one sibling makes noise, others can no longer pay attention to their classes. Small/medium size homes do not have adequate numbers of rooms to manage this.
  23. Some schools are charging extra fees for the online softwares, apps development and other IT services which is an additional burden on parents.
  24. To provide comfortable learning environments, students need a dedicated study table and overall setup. Families with 2 or more kids cannot purchase and manage extra furniture due to space and money constraints.

6 Advantages of Online Classes (E-Learning)

  1. Parents do not have to worry about making their kids ready for school early morning. They don’t need to make sure if the uniform is pressed, the kids’ school bag is ready and their lunch box is packed.
  2. Parents can monitor how their child is studying in the class. How much does he/she participate in the class. Parents can also get a feeling on how other students are responding in the class. This gives them an idea on how much extra efforts are needed for their kids to cover the gap, if any.
  3. Parents save money for not purchasing uniforms, for not paying school bus fees, for not filling the petrol / gasoline and not giving pocket money for the lunch.
  4. Parents do not have to worry about what kids eat from school canteen as they can serve homemade food to their loved ones.
  5. Students are free during the breaks in which they can spend time with parents or can do anything they like.
  6. While staying home, kids don’t get bullied which is a sigh of relief for some of the parents.

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Background:

Choeifat school system is one of the oldest school systems of middle east with 30+ branches in UAE, Middle East, Europe, America and Australia. According to Wikipedia

SABIS is an education management organization that operates schools in fifteen countries on five continents in both the private and public sectors [1] and licenses a proprietary education program. According to the company, schools in the SABIS Network educate over 70,000 students and implement a proven, proprietary system.

Positive Reviews

–          Choeifat Sharjah School area is huge which makes it convenient for managing hundreds of students in terms of classrooms, physical activities, pick-up and drop off points for parents, school transportation system.

–          Quality of education is very good as school has systematic approach which is based on years of research across the globe.

–          Quality of teachers is very good. Selection of teachers seem to be qualitative and most of the time students provide positive feedback about teachers and the way of teaching

–          School has earned its respect as one of the highest rated school in the community

–          School treats the student (specially teenagers) as adults that develop more maturity and help student become confident members of society and better professionals in their life.

–          School provides prayer room for the kids

–          Teachers are chosen from the wide range of nationalities which gives a lot of exposure and diversification to the students in terms of culture awareness, speaking accent and approach of teaching.

Critical Reviews

–          Support staff’s behavior is not friendly. Many parents are not comfortable while interacting with school staff.

–          School has less focus on Islamic studies.

–          School area is huge whereas most of the walking areas are not shaded. With high temperatures for almost 8-9 months of the year, it is not easy to walk from the parking area to the class or the administration section.

–          School books (physical and e-learning) is one of the costliest.

–          Schools expects parents to pay full fee for the first semester 6 months in advance which makes hard for the parents. This seriously affects the expat community to pay the full fee in advance

–          Students must have high-end tabs in order to run the e-learning application.

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1- Take Full Control of Policies, Decisions and Planning activities.

MoE must ensure strong grip and governance on the educational policies, regulation, educational systems across the country.

2- Regulation of New School Systems

It is observed that every now and then a new school system is introduced specially in India, Pakistan and African nations, claiming to be the best whereas no genuine efforts to meet the minimum acceptance criteria of a new schooling system. Such new business lack in proper planning for curriculum setup, teaching faculties training, integration with existing school systems and compliance with local laws.

3- App and Website Development

There should be centralized mobile apps and websites developed by MoE with the aim to provide best-in-class techniques, training, business collaborations, and new trends across the education industry. Every single school in the country has to be a member of this group. Through these apps MoE can perform surveys and seek opinions pertaining to existing polices or new ideas.

4- Careful Utilization of Educational Budget

There could be so many possible expenses when it comes to allocation of budget. For example, new school opening, salary payments of staff, investment in science and technology, IT infrastructure upgrade, training, international memberships, marketing and media needs and so on. It is extremely important for the MOE to assign Subject Matter Experts with a strong analytical and visionary approach. Every single penny incorrectly spent will result in huge loss for the nation.

5- Macro Guidance to all Educational Institutes

MoE should provide macro level guidance to all educational institutes covering Marketing, HR, market dynamics, industry trends.

6- Integration of Different Schooling Systems

Many students face problems while moving from one schooling system to another. The Ministry should work with policy makers to establish a unified integration system to avoid such issues

7- Schools Ranking System

There should be a dedicated government department that defines criteria for the best institute. Annual strict audits should be performed against these points and school ranking to be released on the official website. Each school should be graded as Poor, Acceptable, Good or Excellent. This approach will result in competition and continuous improvement. The bench-marking should cover a wide range of aspects linked with the education industry.

8- Compulsory Education Assurance

MoE should establish a dedicated committee supported by auditors who can consistently perform audits on whether compulsory education is being ensured.

9- Counseling Service for Higher Education

MoE should have an online portal where students should be given guidance and exposure about different options they can consider. In the form of FAQs students should be given guidance for how, where and when.

10-Scholarships Arrangement

The Ministry should collaborate with international organizations across the globe to arrange scholarships for the bright students. There should be a dedicated section on the MoE’s website where students are provided the details about all kinds of scholarships.

11- Teaching Regulations

Not everyone should be allowed to start a teaching career. This ruins the quality of education. MoE must establish a mechanism for best teachers criteria that results in qualification of certain individuals to start teaching. The Ministry should maintain a database of all the teachers of the country and provide them online training about new teaching techniques, perform surveys, seek feedback and take annual exams of all teachers.

12- Curriculum Catalogues

The Ministry should create and distribute curriculum guidance in line with national interests and international trends. Schools are required to comply with such requirements and produce evidence of actions taken. Annual audits may be performed.

13- Strict Compliance and Governance

Any schools which do not meet with MoEs instructions and compliance, should be given notices to improve. Counseling and auditing services should be provided. Consistent violators must be penalized to set an example for others and to maintain high standards.

14- Seek Support from NGOs

Ministries should encourage NGOs by providing tax free authorization to promote better education, rural student’s assistance and so on.

15- Literacy Rate

The Ministry should prioritize the efforts of improving literacy rate. This may be achieved via free campaigns and advertisements on state owned TV channels, radio stations and social media. There should be a dedicated committee that can work with philanthropists for orphan-education support or for opening new schools.

16- Establishment of Open Forum

An online forum for parents, teachers, business owners will definitely help for brainstorming of new ideas. Specially parents can provide critical feedback on student-specific issues.

What are your thoughts on this article? Do you have any other suggestions on this subject? Please enlighten us with your thoughts!

References: MoE China – MoE UAE – MoE New Zealand

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