Opinion

The staggering impacts of COVID-19 on Higher education

DR. RUCHIRA KHULLAR | May 25, 2020 01:26 PM

NEW DELHI: The corona virus pandemic is expected to have a huge impact on global education. Let us now throw some light on the staggering impacts of Covid-19 on education globally with special reference to Higher education. Over a billion students globally are unable to attend schools and colleges due to measures to control the spread of corona virus. As per UNESCO data of 27th March 2020, about 1.6 billion students are affected by closure of schools and colleges globally.

Around 65 million teachers from 165 countries have also been impacted. UNESCO further emphasizes that about 43% of the young people worldwide have no access to internet at home. This means around 876 million students have no internet when ‘distance learning’ is the only option when schools and colleges are closed. Many teachers and students are also not technologically savvy, and for many courses such as physical education and laboratory classes, physical teaching is compulsory. Therefore, digital learning is only a fill gap method.

Education globally and Higher education in particular is badly affected by the outbreak of corona virus. Higher education is completely torn, tethered and stuttered. Thus, from the eyes of this article, I want to peep into the changes that Universities should make post Covid-19 period or better known as the lockdown period. Investment in e-libraries, e-studios, e-laboratories etc. has become the need of the hour. Thus, finding solutions to tackle the education crisis is most crucial in these unprecedented times.

 

The Covid-19 pandemic and associated disruption came at a challenging time for higher education. In addition, approximately one in five private institutions were facing risk before the onset of global pandemic. With the most immediate brigade completed, it is time to ask, “What should we expect?” And ultimately what actions should we consider. The outbreak of the corona virus has made major interruption in the working of colleges and universities across the country.

Almost all the institutions and universities have cancelled their ongoing classes and shifted to the online instruction-based classes. The pandemic has threatened in every aspect of the college, from classes to co – curricular activities to conducting of exams and many more on records. This counts to extend our major concern not only challenges being faced related to education but also the financial future of higher education institutions in a time of remarkable financial instability.

We need to check our resources both in the form of study material and unexpected costs. As the situation continues to develop a deep silence in the society, educators and administrators are taking an active role in addressing both the students and their parents in the long-term challenges related to the outbreak. As many colleges are actively participating in the student related queries, their guidance and preparation for the upcoming time. The authorities are taking considerable steps for the betterment of the students. Thus, Higher education is unprepared for changes that are coming with the corona virus outbreak, and poor students will be hurt the most.

“Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think.”

Dr. Ruchira khullar
 

 

Writer by

Associate Professor. Pt. J.L.N.

Govt college, Faridabad, Haryana, India

 

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