More than 91% of students worldwide are affected by the pandemic, with approximately 1.3 billion students unable to physically attend schools due to temporary closures and lockdowns.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world in the most devastating and unprecedented way. The whole world has felt the impact of the CORONA virus but, the biggest impact has been on the education sector when schools, universities, and colleges decided to shut down for good to reduce human contact.
The extreme momentary interruption affects numerous families around the globe: homeschooling is not only a massive shock to children’s social life and learning but also to parents’ productivity. Education is moving on the web on a remarkable scale.
As education became halt around the world, many assessments have cancelled. Since then, the annual Cambridge International Examination taken by 150 countries and in more than 4800 schools around the world, has also been cancelled. Many students are facing momentary pause in their graduations. It has created confusion and distress amongst parents as well as students.
DISTANCE EDUCATION has become a lifeline for online education. The rise of online platforms like Google Classrooms, Microsoft, and Zoom has proven itself to be extremely fruitful for the teachers and students to keep engagements over video conferences. Many schools are now also carrying assessments through these applications. Although online education has become a massive hit for many students, concerns arose if every student has an equal opportunity to these resources?
Does every student have an equal opportunity to technology? The answer is no. It may come as a surprise for a lot of people that in many parts of the world, some students have to travel miles away just to get a stable internet connection. While many privileged students enjoy the comfort of their homes, some have to exchange that comfort for a 20-minutes session, miles away. It results in unjust circumstances for many students, as they not only have to undergo the dangers of exposing themselves to the pandemic but also have to work extra hard to get their education.
Does every student have an equal opportunity to educational resources? The answer to this is also no. Education before the pandemic was already a reoccurring problem in many parts of the world. Many children were unable to get their basic literacy education, and the only source of their education was either from their local schools or local teachers but, constant closures and lockdowns have restricted everyone to stay home.
PANDEMIC AND ITS HEALTH EFFECTS ON STUDENTS:
Not only education but health effects on students due to the pandemic have been immense. The constant inability to go out and indulge in physical activities has resulted negatively for a lot of students. It is a common saying that “brain is like a muscle” and physical activities act as a fuel for students’ brains. It is the driving force that keeps hundreds of students at a work desk for hours to solve math problems. However, ever since the pandemic, many students are now exposed to digital devices more than ever. It gives them an ample amount of time to indulge in activities that require less to no physical activity at all, such as playing video games, social networking, and procrastination being the biggest problem. All these activities have many adverse effects on a student’s brain; it would be very crucial for them to come back on track when schools re-open if they grow accustomed to these habits.
The takeaway from this whole situation is that although the impact has severely affected students, teachers, and parents around the globe, it has created numerous opportunities for the education sector to grow through online platforms. It saves a lot of resources. It is an efficient way of learning and connects everyone through online networking. It is by far the only solution to continue education with the least amount of physical contact.
While many individuals are still overcoming many difficulties in this pandemic, it is safe to say that the constant collective efforts to continue education in the most effective manner should be well-appreciated and recognized. Rightfully so, as our future depends on this youth and the great minds that will not only survive this unprecedented pandemic but also survive it without compromising their education.