Merits And Demerits Of Distance Education


Distance education is a modern system of non- formal education. There are certain Merits (Advantages) and Demerits (Disadvantages) of Distance Education. They are discussed below.

Merits of Distance Education


1) Flexible System


Distance Education or distance learning is flexible educational system which is not limited by time and place restrictions.

2) Progress at own Speed


In distance learning , a learner can progress at his own speed and convenience.

3) Self Learning


Distance learning leads to self learning and self improvement.

4) Improvement of skills


Distance learning can be utilized for improving technical and vocational skills.

5) Useful for Remote areas


Distance education can reach in any remote or far off areas through radio, television or postal service.

6) Economical method


Distance education is an economical method of teaching learning as compared to the regular formal system.

7) At any level


Distance learning can be used at any level from primary to college level or for professional growth.

8) Supplement


Distance learning supplement the studies of regular students.

9) Opportunities for higher education


Distance education makes higher accessible to all sections of society.

10) University of Education


The cherished goal of the nation for universalization of education can be achieved with the help of the distance education.

11) Recovery of talent


Distance learning makes for the recovery of talents which otherwise, is likely to be wasted. It helps in the development of the man power resources in the country.

12) Study in privacy


In distance education system learners can pursue their studies in privacy at their homes. They can study at any time convenient to them.

Demerits of Distance Education


1) Stereotyped Courses


The courses became stereotyped in due courses.

2) Negligible practical experience


The scope for practical experience is very negligible.

3) Limited awareness


The system of distance education has very limited scope for making people aware of cultural change and social development.

4) Limited study centres


The provision of study centres and book banks is very meager.

5) No suggestions


Generally suggestions are not invited from the students about the utility of material.

6) No frequent review


Periodic review of the courses is not frequent.

7) No Activities


The students do not get opportunities for different types of activities during contact programmes except listening of lecturers.

8) Absence of teachers


Absence of the teacher is greatly felt in distance education. Learners wait for guidance and guidance is not forthcoming.


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