IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON EDUCATION


Kashmir Magazine

 

 


Javid Saleem

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected educational systems worldwide, leading to complete closure of schools, colleges and universities across regions and countries in the world. Most government across the regions and countries decided to temporarily close all educational institutions in an attempt to reduce the spread of covid-19.

Millions of learners are currently affected due to school closures in response to the painful pandemic. Not only students, teachers and families but have far reaching economic and societal consequences.

School closures in response to the deadly disease have shed light on various social and economic issues,including students debt, digital learning, homelessness, healthcare, housing, internet and so on.

The impact was more severe for disadvantaged children and their families, causing interrupted learning, child care problems and consequent economic cost to families who could not work.

In response to school closures, government recommended the use of distance learning programmes and open educational applications like online classes, webinar, virtual classes, tele-conferencing etc and platforms that schools and teachers can use to reach learners and limit the disruption of education.

The global lockdown of educational institutions is going to cause major interruption in students learning and the cancellation of public assessments for qualification. In short, we can say that schools need resources to rebuild the loss in learning, once they open again. How these resources are used and how to target the students who were especially hard hit.

Though there were many negative and positive impacts from the Covid-19 outbreak on the field of education, there was also a positive impact which could take the education system and its methods, a step higher. Thus we came to conclusion that the pandemic has opened doors to the new opportunities like more digitalization.

The situation demands the updating of infrastructure and knowledge of how to face events like these in the future.