68% Teachers Say Lack of Access to Digital Devices, Internet Biggest Barrier to Online Education: Survey

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As many as 68 per cent of teachers said poor digital access -either the internet or devices was the biggest barrier to digital learning while 56 per cent reported that teachers and learners lacked the skills to make digital learning successful, as per a survey by Oxford University Press (OUP).

The report also revealed 70 per cent of teachers said the most disadvantaged students lost learning due to limited or no access to digital devices. While 44 per cent of respondents felt that the well-being of disadvantaged students had been particularly negatively affected during the pandemic.

Out of 10 teachers, as many as 6 (61 percent) reported engaging students in online lessons was a bigger challenge than costs, education funding, or digital infrastructure during the pandemic.

Half of the teachers surveyed (50 percent) said a lack of parental understanding of digital tools and platforms limited the effectiveness of support available to their children while 58 percent said disadvantaged students tended to receive less educational support from their parents and families.