New Delhi, India
The recently concluded Pearson 'Voice of Teacher Survey 2014' highlighted everything that is wrong with the students' learning in our country. Conducted among 5145 teachers associated with schools and higher education institutes belonging to 247 Indian cities, the survey reveals that according to the teachers, half of the Indian students don't possess the prerequisite skills for the class they are entering. While a whopping 94% teachers believe that personality enhancement and skill development are the true measuring scales for students' success, about 92% said that they feel that our education system gives much more preference to 'exam oriented learning' as compared to the 'holistic learning'. Also, about 54% of the respondents felt that indifference of parents is one of the major causes of less than satisfactory learning outcomes. While responding to the same question, 55% teachers highlighted their dissatisfaction with the policy makers
A state wise analysis showed that while Karnataka had the greatest improvement in learning environment with a 91% increase, Telengana occupied the bottom most position with 64%. With 58%, Karnataka again topped the 'students with adequate skills for their class' criteria, whereas Andhra Pradesh formed the bottom rung with 43%. On the question of whether technology drives a better learning outcome, Jharkhand scored the most with 61% whereas Delhi occupied the other end of the list with 45%. In Telengana, as many as 77% of the teachers take the 'difference between syllabus and learner's needs' as a challenge, this % is lowest in Jharkhand with 48%. About 72% teachers from Madhya Pradesh felt that the students and parents focus on the exam result, this number is 61% in Kerala, the lowest among all states.
These finding were brought forward by Pearson in partnership with 'Spire Research and Consulting', a big name in the Asia Pacific region when it comes to strategic market intelligence consultancies. One of the most positives outcomes was that 79% teachers believe that over the past decade, the country's learning environment has changed for the better.
Pearson took this opportunity to launch its indigenous 'Thank You Teacher' campaign. The campaign asks the students to thank their favourite teachers by uploading a selfie with them at http://www.pearsonthankyourteacher.in/telfie/. The maiden edition of this survey in 2013 saw over 3300 teachers participating from 220 Indian cities.
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