Problems Faced by Students and Teachers in the Management of Overcrowded Classes in Pakistan

Akhtar, Shagufta; Zamurad, Nagina; Arif, Manzoor; Hussain, Ishtiaq
May 2012
Language in India;May2012, Vol. 12 Issue 5, p364
Academic Journal
The present study aimed at investigating the problems faced by teachers and students in the management of overcrowded classrooms in female public sector schools in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The design of study was descriptive. Population consisted of teachers and students of four female public sector schools of Rawalpindi cantt. Sample was taken from 9th class which consisted of 120 students and 36 teachers. Questionnaire survey was used to collect data. Items of the questionnaire were developed on the basis of the problems of overcrowding in the classrooms and the strategies used by the teachers to overcome this situation. Rank-difference correlation coefficient. (Spearman rho) was used to rank the problems of over-crowded classes and the strategies used by the teachers to cope with those problems. The result of the study showed that there was much agreement between the views of students and teachers on the issue. According to the study conclusions, the main thing that place limitation on the interaction between students and teachers as well as on the quality of teaching and learning is seating arrangement. It is recommended that new classrooms be built as well as more teachers be employed in public sector secondary schools. To cope with the problem of overcrowded classes, teachers are suggested to establish routines and conventions in class activities right from the beginning of the year. Adequate planning and implementation of lessons can also be useful for this purpose.


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