COVID-19 and Education: A Global Overview
In response to pandemic, as stated by UNESCO, there are more than 1,215,881,292 learners have been affected due to institutional closure, at the middle of March. It leads to the complete discontinuation of all schools, colleges and universities.
Billie Wright Dziech said;
“The pandemic has taught us that the greatest challenge and obligation we face is recognizing that our students are among its most severe and overlooked victims.”
No doubt, a lot of struggle happened to reduce the impression through remote learning strategies. But, it cannot recover the loss of education perfectly. Because, richer countries better prepared to move to online learning strategies, beyond a lot of effort and challenges for parents and educators. In developing and poorer countries, the situation is very mixed and confusing. They actually cannot not afford those resources to tackle the problems of their education system. And due to this the vast inequality of opportunities that exists, will be amplified.
Many students do not have approach to books, gadgets or devices and internet connectivity at home. They also don’t have supportive parents but others do. So, the need of an hour is to minimize as much as possible, all those differences in opportunities to expand. And also cause the crisis to have an even severe negative impact on poor learner’s education. As they would get trapped by their own odd complexions.
Effect of COVID-19 on Education System
As reported by UNESCO, nationwide closures have implemented by 191 countries and 5 have implemented local closures, affecting approximately 98.4% world’s learner population. Institutional closures impact not merely on students, teachers, and families, but have far reaching economic and social consequences. Howbeit, according to educational point of view in these current crises, I just strongly agree that in-person studies are more effective. As genuinely, I am also facing so much trouble in learning and attending regular online classes. Because being in person with your mentor and other mates creates advantages and social pressures. It can also help motivate students to engage with their studies.
Not exaggerating, some students may do well in online learning as directly in-person courses. But on average, students do worse in the online educational process. The reason is that they don’t have the proper environment, sources, the mental ability to learn. And this is absolutely true for students with weaker or average backgrounds. As a learner, I suppose that is the reason students who struggle in in-person classes are likely to struggle even more online. The reason is that, I believe every learner have their own way of perception. Absolutely, not everyone is surely suitable for e-learning.
Anyhow, we need to understand that the situation is terrifying and we should tackle it as this is not a casual dream or fantasy. It is a reality and we must stand together, deal it, work in and overcome the trouble. Fortunately, we can say it’s our goodness that technology provides us the tools to continue our work with the safety at our homes. Finally, students will specifically need emotional support and understanding from their institutions and teachers. In fact, it is probably the most essential thing in this situation.
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