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Post COVID Effects On Education

Updated: Jun 18, 2021

The greatest hit to education this decade is the COVID-19 Pandemic. Without a doubt, it will surely have an impact on the educational trend. This may not be drastic as many would anticipate. Why?

Technological innovations and wider societal changes are always predicted to deliver rapid and transformational change in almost all spheres of Education. Back in the 1920s, Thomas Edison said: “Motion pictures would replace campus lectures.” The radio, the compact cassette, and videotapes were also all once predicted to transform higher-level learning beyond all recognition. Such innovations have all had their place in making teaching and learning better. Universities today look and feel like very different places from how they were a few decades ago. Yet at the same time, much about them remains recognizable and the changes they have undergone have typically been more evolutionary than revolutionary.

The impact COVID-19 will have on education can only be guessed. Below are a number of possible changes that might occur:

1. Education might cost Less:

With virtual learning (Online Lessons) on the bloom, it is expected that most courses will be available to students right in the comfort of their homes through virtual means. This, of course, would be at cheaper rates. The cost of transportation, hostel, and feeding will all be on a decline.

2. Flexibility with Education

Campus learning is often more demanding compared with home and distance learning. Hopefully, at the end of the pandemic, when the benefits of distance and home tuition are stacked in our minds, many might prefer this form of education to the campus type. This allows for flexibility. Parents and Students will have an additional option to choose from.

3. Parents will have an Active Role in Educating their Wards

Most governments and educational institutions are calling on, and training parents on how to assist their wards access the study lectures, perform their assignments and projects, etc. These probably have opened parents’ eyes to how much they can contribute to their children’s education. This, no doubt will live through the ages.

4. Returning to School Might not be an Option for many Students

It had been estimated that 268 million children were already out of school when the pandemic struck. When schools reopen, millions more may not make it back. Children whose households have suffered economic shock as well as adolescent girls who are at increased risk of pregnancy or early marriage are particularly vulnerable. The World Bank examined current out-of-school rates by economic quintile alongside macro projections of economic contraction in 2020 and predicted that more than seven million children may not return to school. Estimates suggest that more than half of all refugee girls will not return when schools open.

All, in a nutshell, COVID-19 has got its name engraved on the 21st Century. Its effect will be far-reaching. Yet, from this blog, it seems to suggest that some impacts of the pandemic can be positive. What more?

Utilize the Positive Impacts!

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