As we know, due to the coronary pandemic, state governments across the country have temporarily begun to shut down schools and colleges. As in the current situation, there is uncertainty as to whether schools and colleges will be reopened. Without a question, this is a critical time for the education sector, since many university entrance exams and competitive examinations are carried out during this period. How can we forget board examinations, nursery school admissions, along with them?
Over 91 percent of the world ‘s student population is affected by these national closures. Several other countries have implemented localized closures affecting millions of additional learners. UNESCO is assisting countries in their efforts to alleviate the immediate effect of school closures, in particular for more marginalized and impoverished populations, and to promote the quality of education for all by distance learning. The UNESCO report reports that over 290 million students across 22 countries will be adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. UNESCO reports that some 32 crores of students are affected in India, including those in schools and colleges.
Measures taken by the educational institutes are as follows:
- Closed schools.
- Postponed or rescheduled the examinations.
- Cleaning and sanitation of premises.
- Consideration of long term uncertainty etc.
As discussed above, all major entrance examinations are postponed including engineering, medical, law, agriculture, fashion and designing courses, etc
On the other hand, with so many different ways to define e-learning and educational approaches that can be used in these learning environments, many colleges and extra-curricular activity classes have begun to make use of technology. Through applications such as Zoom, various colleges, especially engineering and design colleges in Pune, have undertaken the task of educating students through video conferencing. Undeterred by the security issues that these video conferencing applications that present, these applications are widely used and have proved to be beneficial and have many advantages. There is a picture, sound clarity which makes imparting of knowledge and learning effective for both the instructor and the student.
But at the same time, there is a glaring disadvantage as exams have to be postponed.
Educational institutions in India, from schools to universities, can use this present adversity as a disguised blessing and make digital education a major part of the learning process for all learners in the future.