Sangay Dorji1* and Samten Wangchuk2
1Principal, Daga Pry School, Dagana, Bhutan
2Principal, Minjey MSS, Lhuntse, Bhutan
*Corresponding Author: Sangay Dorji, Principal, Daga Pry School, Dagana, Bhutan.
Received: March 15, 2022; Published: March 23, 2022
Teachers’ workload is associated with effective classroom teaching and learning. The academic performance of the school is determined by the amount of teachers’ workload. Primary school teachers’ workload is challenging for effective classroom teaching and learning.
Therefore, the purpose of this study was to study the teachers’ workload of primary school teachers in Punakha dzongkhag. The study involved potential additional work areas that burden primary school teachers. The study employed mixed-method design. Survey questionnaires and interview were used to collect data. The target population comprised of primary school teachers and parents in Punakha dzongkhag. The entire population was 79 participants from nine primary schools and a few Extended Classrooms (ECRs). Out of 79 participants, 30% was taken for random sampling. Five teachers were selected from primary schools and one teacher from Extended Classroom for the interview. Mixed gender was selected for the interview. Ten parents were interviewed from different primary schools. Quantitative and qualitative data were presented separately and analyzed. The data triangulation was done in the findings and discussions.
The study findings showed that teachers’ over workload has a negative impact on classroom teaching and learning due to limited time for lesson planning and tasks assessment. Teachers in primary schools had to devote certain time doing non-academic activities. Study found that even among the primary schools, teachers working in schools with less than 100 students had to shoulder more responsibilities. In smaller primary schools, staffing pattern is different whereby certain support staff are not entitled. Therefore, the researcher recommends Ministry of Education to reconsider pupil-teacher ratio and relook into the staffing pattern in primary schools. Primary school teachers need to specialize in a maximum of two subjects to enhance effective classroom teaching.
Keywords: Responsibilities; Monitoring; workload, Assessment and Multi-grade Teaching
Citation: Sangay Dorji and Samten Wangchuk. “Teacher’s Workload and its Efficacy in Classroom Teaching in Primary Schools Under Punakha Dzongkhag”. Acta Scientific Paediatrics 5.4 (2022): 03-14.
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