Most believe studying remotely is here to stay: global study on world education
Three out of every four learners across the globe think that COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the long accepted process of education, revealed a recent study conducted by Pearson, a learning company operating in 70 countries.
This and other findings appeared in their recently published second annual Global Learner Survey.
Pearson had conducted the study during the pandemic, talking to students and others in seven countries, gathering their views on primary, secondary and higher education, and careers and the future of work.
The poll surveyed more than 7,000 people (ranging in age from 16 to 70 years), among whom 1,000 participants were from India.
Said John Fallon, chief executive of Pearson, “As learners adjust to a world forever altered by a pandemic, we felt that it was more important than ever that we hear their voices. They understand that the future of work and learning is now a dynamic mix of online and in-person experiences.”
Some of the key findings of the survey include people’s perspectives about online learning, opening of colleges in the US for the fall semester, how the different countries are responding to the educational needs of the students, who fall in a wide range of categories, from primary to higher education, the attaining of digital skills, and how competent are developing countries in handling the quantum jump in using digital technology for remote studies.
Nearly 88% of learners globally said online learning will be a permanent part of primary, secondary and higher education moving forward while 90% agreed it is time to become more comfortable working remotely and in highly digital environments.
In the Indian context, 87% of the participants said online learning will be a part of children's education experience moving forward. Around 80% said new jobs and skill needs will arise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic while 77% said COVID-19 pandemic has made them rethink their career path.
Nearly 75% of Americans think reopening universities is vital to a healthy economy yet most are worried about how to do it safely, with 64% of Americans saying colleges and universities are risking the lives of students by reopening this fall.
In India, 71% of respondents think reopening colleges and universities is vital for a healthy economy and an open society whereas 75% of people in India said colleges and universities are risking the lives of students by reopening in the fall.
Two-thirds of people globally said their education system did a good job adjusting to the pandemic.
But the survey also revealed that 70% globally believe the pandemic will deepen education inequalities, especially among younger students.
The survey revealed that 74% in India believe the COVID-19 pandemic will deepen inequalities among primary and secondary students.