Schools could send children’s homework abroad to be marked for as little as £2 an hour to free up teachers’ time
Schools should consider outsourcing marking to India to cut costs and lighten teachers’ workloads, according to the head of an education think-tank.
Rebecca Allen, director of Education Datalab, said that homework could be sent abroad and marked for as little as £2 per hour, and claimed that the results were ‘incredibly reliable’.
Ms Allen, who is also a reader in economics at University College London, said another alternative was to use new computer scanning technology to help mark students’ essays.
She said that teachers were now expected to do a huge amount of marking, which was often written off as ‘paperwork’, leaving them less time to prepare for lessons and spent with students.
Speaking at an Education Media Centre event, she said: ‘We have several problems here.
‘We’ve got endless policy changes which just need to stop. For now we need to have a stable curriculum, a stable examination system.
‘But we’ve got to look elsewhere. We can’t just say things like ‘paperwork’. I think we need to be realistic and think in radical ways about things like marking.’
She said that marking had become incredibly popular with headteachers and Ofsted, who use it as evidence that teachers know what is going on in their classrooms.
However, she said such work could be completed in ‘radically different ways’, including being outsourced to India for around £3 per hour.
Once the work has come back, teachers could review the marks, before giving feedback to their students, she said.
She went on to say that in the United States, there are people who are looking at using computers to mark texts, using the same types of technology used for language translation programmes.
Hi-Yo Silver, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, 22 hours ago
What has happened to this country? Are we incapable of doing anything for ourselves?
Enjoylife, Delhi, India, 16 hours ago
Your cost of living is way too high, so you need a lot higher salaries…
aber, Lincoln, United Kingdom, 20 hours ago
Lets hope the English papers are not marked by the same people that are operating the many call centres over there, as I can’t understand a word they say.
amitabhchowdhary, Netherlands, 13 hours ago
I can guarantee you that english standard is much better in Indian english schools. They still follow old classical english and rigourous teaching methods. English medium schools are very passionate about preserving the classical english left by british.
haden, doncaster, 21 hours ago
Bonkers. Marking is quite an intimate thing and can be quite esoteric that allows a teacher to have an understanding of the child thought process. If reviewed it would still need to be read by the teacher. I,m glad I,ve left all this nonsense behind
hearty, hometown, United Kingdom, 20 hours ago
I thought the whole point of marking was to see how well the students are doing so you can help where its needed. if you see marking as a chore you are not a teacher your only purpose in life is money.
Millymollymandy73, Hants, United Kingdom, 21 hours ago
I despair. We get crazier and crazier as time goes on.