September 28, 2021

Slipping through the net: Wicklow teachers’ fears over ability to educate online

Teachers in Wicklow are worried about their ability to educate their students online due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

Exactly half (50%) complain about the ability of their students to access online classes. A third of local educators say they experience slow broadband in the county.

The worrying findings emerged this week in a survey compiled by Studyclix, an online resource for both secondary school teachers and students.

Some 1,500 teachers across Ireland took part in the survey, which was carried out on Monday and Tuesday. And the results provide an interesting snapshot of how teachers are coping with the lockdown and the pressures they face.

One out of every two teachers in Wicklow voiced concerns about their ability to deliver the required education to their students. They cite broadband and connectivity as the main problems they face.

The survey found 33% of teachers in Wicklow are experiencing slow or bad broadband connectivity in their own homes.

However, this figure pales in comparison to teachers in Kilkenny where 52% cite this as a major issue, while 53% of teachers in Mayo report say this is their most pressing challenge.

Half (50%) of teachers in Wicklow believe their students do not have access to a PC, a tablet, or the internet to allow them join online classes. However, the Wicklow figure is still much lower than the 58% of teachers in Carlow and Sligo who report this as a major hindrance.

In all, 93% of teachers say they find it more difficult to teach from home than in the classroom.


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