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Impact of Covid-19 On Education In India!

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected educational systems in India, leading to the near-total closure of schools, universities, and colleges. The education sector has been fighting to survive the crises with a different approach.

     

    The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost every sector across the globe. The education system in India as well as the global sector has been affected by the pandemic. The educational institutes including schools, colleges, and universities have been closed owing to the nationwide lockdown implemented by the government. Classes have been suspended and all examinations such as entrance tests have been postponed indefinitely. Thus, the lockdown has hampered the schedules of almost every student. Due to the current situation, schools and colleges are closed. Undoubtedly, this is a crucial time for the education system as entrance tests for several universities and competitive examinations are held during this period.

     

    As schools and universities are stills shut, more than 285 million students are suffering due to the hindrance in learning. Many teachers and faculty members of various education institutes are facing salary cuts. According to UNESCO, since the outbreak of COVID-19 began, some 1.37 billion students in 138 countries worldwide have been affected by school and university closures. Nearly 60.2 million school teachers and university lecturers are no longer in the classroom.

     

    Many education institutions have paused faculty hiring. According to Quacquarelli Symonds, 47.38% of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields changed their plans for higher studies abroad. The figure for non-STEM students is at 51.59%.  If the situation persists, then there will be a huge decline in demand for international higher education.

     

    The lockdown has led all education institutions to cancel their classes, examinations, and internships and choose online modes of learning. Initially, there was confusion among teachers and students with regard to coping with the situation. However, the lockdown has taught so many lessons on managing the pandemic.

     

    This lockdown has given teachers and students a way to continue education online. The teacher delivers their lectures through various video conferencing apps like, Zoom, Google Meet, Facebook live, Skype, etc.

     

    The perception of schools was changed under Lockdown. With schools closed for months, e-learning has taken Centre stage all over the world. Moving ahead digital learning has become the new normal for schools and other institutes. The lockdown has accelerated the adoption of online classes. Lockdown has given a chance for students to develop skills through online learning in a more productive and efficient way. There are many benefits of digital learning as it has no physical boundaries and students get to learn new things within their comfort zone.

     

    Moreover, there have been many digital initiatives from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for secondary as well as higher education during this pandemic.

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