Covid-19 impact: How coronavirus has affected education sector?

As we know that due to coronavirus pandemic the state governments across the country temporarily started shutting down schools and colleges. As per the present situation, there is an uncertainty when schools and colleges will reopen. No doubt, this is the crucial time for education sector because entrance tests of several universities and competitive examinations are held during this period. Along with them how can we forget about board examinations, nursery school admissions, etc?

The immediate solution of coronavirus is necessary or if like these days pass then closure of schools and colleges does not even have short term impact but can even cause far-reaching economic and societal consequences. Let us tell you that due to the closedown of educational institutes it is estimated to affect around 600 million learners across the world.

Looking at a few avenues that would help construct a strong base for learning in the current situation:

  1. - There should be restructuring in the way learning is distributed; pedagogies should evolve as per the requirements of online classes, and tutors/teachers should be given additional training to help them implement the new processes correctly and teach more effectively - they should unlearn and re-group for 2020 and 2021 learners.
  2. - The good news now is that the talented teachers who earlier were able to tutor selected batches and had their words etched in print are now able to reach everyone across the world through EdTech platforms - this should be completely capitalised on for every age-group.
  3. - Advanced tools that would help create a replica of a physical classroom and keep the peer-to-peer learning should be further developed - Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality (AR / VR / MR) should be leveraged on to build these virtual classrooms and create better visualization of concepts.
  4. - Academic structure and schooling can be made even more flexible with a common portal or forum for kids from a particular geographic location to help them compete and grow with their peers irrespective of their educational institution.
  5. - It is important now more than ever to work around the holistic growth of students with an emphasis on essential skills and extracurricular activities. Although the NEP policy does highly support a balance of this, it is very important to implement it strongly as the overall personality, and character growth of a student are of utmost importance.
  6. - Every student is different, some learn better in groups, some alone, some during the day, some in the night, some by reading, some by watching videos, some by reciting aloud, and some even by acting it out. Now is the time to work on these individual strengths by creating adaptive and customized learning programs that help nurture individual talent.

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