Values, ethics and discipline among students have declined in the last five years, a survey of teachers released on Thursday said.
Teachers in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) felt this decrease of values more strongly than others, the survey said.
In Delhi, 46% said values and ethics decreased in students. This is higher than the national average of 42%. 36% of the teachers said discipline had deteriorated.
The findings are part of the fourth edition of the ‘Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey’ released every year ahead of Teachers Day, which is celebrated on September 5.
The national level survey represented the views of 6,494 teachers from schools and higher education institutes across 546 cities and towns, teaching over 18.9 lakh students in the country.
The survey lso states the levels of learning engagement. Teachers said only 55% of the students are actively engaged in learning. This engagement is higher among students of private schools at 81%, and 74% in government schools. For Delhi-NCR, the student learning level engagement is a point higher at 56 %.
The reasons for low declining engagement is attributed to the excessive use of personal gadgets, lack of parental support and mismatch between formal education and competitive examinations.
Listing the reasons for low learner engagement, the survey mentions tools and techniques that can be used to improve engagement such as regular counselling sessions, group discussions, use of audio visual content and sharing real life examples.
In Delhi, 87% teachers felt group discussions and activities would be of the utmost importance. 85% said sharing real life examples and stories will work and 82% expressed the need for having regular counselling sessions.
At the national level, only 49% teachers felt they had received adequate training to enhance student engagement and inquisitiveness.