The year 2020 brought a pandemic lockdown of Coronavirus with it. People were confined to the four walls of their house. Businesses, malls, offices, schools were shut to curb the possibility of virus spread. The only feasible way of learning left is online or virtual. As a result, the teachers started imparting education remotely on virtual platforms of zoom, Google meet, etc.
This sudden change is not taken so well by the student-community. They feel that online learning is non-interactive and impersonal. This article presents the reasons why students hate online classes during the pandemic lockdown. It will give insight to the teachers of genuine reasons for students disliking online classes.
11 Reasons Why Students Hate online Classes during Corona Lockdown
1. Social Disconnect
For the last 9 months, children are cloistered in their homes with no friends and no social interactions. This sudden change has brought a change in the personality of children of all age groups. They barely concentrate on their assignments and online classes .
2. Internet Issues
Internet facilities in developing countries like India are poor. Rural areas still have either no internet connectivity or low connectivity. For online learning, the students need higher bandwidth to the devices. There should be consistent connectivity without any break for the online classes.
3. Device Issues
If the student has other siblings taking online classes, separate devices for each one is required. If their parents are also working, managing work-from-home is another problem to arrange the devices.
It’s not easy to learn every subject through small screens of mobiles. Small device poses another challenge to the child and his parents.
4. Lack of Technical Knowledge
The problems of online classes in India are the students, especially young children and those living in interior parts of the country do not have the technical knowledge to operate the device to join the online classes. To log into the online class itself is a monumental and difficult task. A small but ignorantly pressed button make them to leave the class. Sudden operational issues also create disruptions .
5. No Teacher-Student Eye Contact
The virtual nature of online learning is an obstruction in eye-to-eye contact between teachers and students. This makes teaching-learning an uneventful and monotonous process for both. This affects the student’s learning aptitude.
6. More Screen Timings
Continuous online classes followed by online assignments and projects increase the screen timings. This stresses the eyes and mind as well. The students find it difficult to engage themselves in online classes for a longer time.
It is difficult for the teachers to maintain the on-screen attention span of the students. They easily get distracted and diverted to other sites of their interest like social media.
7. Background Disturbances
One of the biggest hurdles of online learning is a continuous background disturbance at home. Knocking at the door, frequent visitors, pets around, movements, and conversations of family members are genuine reasons for a distraction from studies. Frequent temptation to eat, or to take breaks during study time are also obstacles during virtual classes.
8. Peer Disturbance
While online class is in progress, some students indulge in personal chats with other students. Some students disturb the teacher with irrelevant questions and behavior. It shifts the focus of the teacher from other students.
9. Inefficient Online-Classroom Management of Teachers
The outburst of Covid-19 compelled the sudden lockdown giving no chance to the teachers or the educational institutions for teachers’ training. Many teachers in urban and rural areas never used digital teaching aids ever in their teaching profession. In lockdown situations, they are compelled to use gadgets and digital teaching aids. Their trial and error method goes unsuccessful sometimes.
Schools and colleges are teaching the syllabus which is designed for physical school and not for the virtual screen. Ineffective teaching makes the students uninterested and impassive in the class.
10. Excessive Family Time
Due to lockdown, the students have to be with the parents 24*7 at home. Anything which is in excess defeats the real essence. The parents fail to give quality time to their kids.
11. Pandemic Stress
People enjoyed the initial days of lockdown but as days passed by, enjoyment is now replaced by stress. The small size of a house, too many members, financial crunches, fear of the virus, lack of social meetings with friends and colleagues are the reasons for pandemic pressure. The students of all age groups have been directly or indirectly affected by this stress. Children witness hot discussions and violence in the family due to the stress their parents undergo. In such circumstances, the children find no one to share their problems with. They find the online classes monotonous under the intensified mental state.
Attending online classes is a rabbit hole for most of the students. The problems of online classes in India are the same. They get distracted and disoriented to other sites. The online classes are the results of abrupt changes of coronavirus lockdown. The students were not prepared for this new normal. They face technical and psychological problems. The reasons cited here will help the teachers and the parents to understand the difficulties of the students in online education.