COVID-19: College teachers in psychological distress

The Gaspé campus of the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles. Photo: Geneviève Patterson

Teachers in the college sector in Gaspé are no exception to some colleagues from the rest of Quebec who develop stress and anxiety due to COVID-19.

Two months after the start of the school year, a survey carried out by the National Federation of Teachers of Quebec shows that certain measures introduced to provide lessons to students are increasing the workload of teachers.

The Vice-President of the group, Yves de Repentigny, underlines that the teachers’ workload has doubled at certain levels:

Among other things, 67% of respondents state that it takes twice as long to prepare for lessons and 52% of them state that the supervision of students has increased in the same way.

As a result, the teaching staff developed a lot of stress and anxiety. The survey indicates that professors are nervous most of the time in a proportion of 33% and sometimes desperate in 43% of the cases.

Yves de Repentigny specifies that at the end of the day, nearly a quarter of teachers suffer from psychological distress:

To remedy the situation, the federation suggests several avenues, including the hiring of additional staff:

The survey was conducted among 2,400 college teachers.

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