The survey sheds light on student’s sentiments with regards to the reopening of schools and the future of online education in a post-pandemic scenario

Mumbai : As the Indian government greenlights the partial reopening of schools, Brainly, the world’s largest online learning platform, has conducted a survey to understand how EdTech will fit into student’s lives as the learning paradigm shifts yet again. Collecting 1,731 responses in total, Brainly’s survey maps several interesting insights. The key highlights from the survey include:

1. Most students are excited about schools reopening 

The viral outbreak caused an overnight shift towards digital learning, bringing EdTech into sharper relief. A majority (82%) of Brainly students in India are now excited to return to brick-and-mortar schools. Speaking on the trend, Rajesh Bysani, CPO at Brainly says “Although Indian students have adapted well to the often stressful study from home paradigm, they are looking forward to going back to the physical classrooms. It seems evident that no tech can replace friendships and interactions with peers.” 61% of the students also claimed that their parents are comfortable sending them to physical classes, further painting the development in a positive light.  

2.  Schools are taking proper safety precautions 

79% of the surveyed students feel that their schools are taking all the necessary precautionary measures as they return to school buildings. More than half of the students (55%) have mentioned that attending physical classes is mandatory according to their school. This, in turn, implies that several schools are still taking the online learning route as they continue to err on the side of caution while pandemic restrictions persist in several regions of the country. In fact, 82% of students have mentioned that their schools still use online platforms for learning. 

3. Students and schools continue relying on EdTech 

Now the students have not just adapted to online platforms but also thrived within this medium. It is no surprise that 77% of students continue to seek assistance from online learning platforms such as Brainly even after their schools have reopened. Furthermore, a majority of students (75%) would want their schools to follow a hybrid model of learning for the foreseeable future. 

Speaking on the survey results, Rajesh Bysani, Chief Product Officer at Brainly, commented, “During the pandemic-induced lockdown, online platforms were the only option for students to continue learning from home. Now, even as schools reopen, it is clear that online learning is here to stay. The survey notes that while a vast number of students wish to return to physical learning, an equally substantial group wishes to permanently adopt a hybrid manner of learning. As a platform that encourages and enables online learning, these findings are aligned with Brainly’s belief that digital tools and traditional pedagogy will work hand-in-hand to make education more accessible and affordable.”

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