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.