COVID 19 is the biggest pandemic this world has ever seen. Not only it affected us physically but it also affected us financially, mentally, socially etc. and it has a very big impact on the education system throughout the world. Thanks to internet as it has helped millions of people around the country in many ways. Internet service providers like Hughesnet satellite internet provides services even in the rural and remote and many people are getting education by enrolling themselves in virtual education system. COVID has affected our lives in many ways and the education system has affected really bad.
1. Effects of lockdown:
Due to COVID 19 a strict lockdown was implemented all over the world and schools were closed in 188 counties all over the world. People had to quarantine themselves in their houses and no one was allowed to go outside without a mask and people had to follow the SOPs given by the government. Due to the closure of educational institutes the students had to stay at home. It had a negative impact on the students as it wasted their precious time.
2. Homeschooling and online classes
As the schools and other institutes were closed due to COVID parents had to home school their children so that they can learn something. Some education institutes started online classes so that the students can study at home. The online system isn’t very effective as a lot of students complained about the quality of education given in the online classes is not up to the mark. The online system has made students to work less hard because they don’t have to even study for the exams because the exams are being taken online and there is no one to monitor whether they are cheating or not. The hard working students are suffering as well because they are not able to deliver as much as they used to.
3. Financial issues:
The pandemic has affected the financial condition of the whole world. A lot of things have become expensive due to this issue. The fees of the educational institutes have either increased or it’s the same as before because of the lockdown. Educational institutes have made providing education a kind of business. Students are suffering due to lack of good education and higher amount of fees. There is a lot of pressure on the parents of the students as well due to increased fee and decrease in their income due to the pandemic. The parents of the children who lost their jobs due to COVID are affected badly because they have to manage other expenses as well as the educational needs of their child.
4. Less career opportunities:
This pandemic has affected the businesses and companies as well. There are no new job opportunities for majority of students in the market. Students are very much concerned about their career. Student visas are not given these days so the students are waiting for the situation to get better. Students who want to study further are forced to stay at home due to the current situation and the developing fear of COVID in people.
5. Quality of education:
Due to lockdown the quality of education is decreasing day by day. The online classes aren’t as effective as the physical ones because the interaction is not like it used to be before the pandemic. The career of the students is at stake due to the current situation. Some of the students of different grades are being promoted in higher classes without exams on the basis of previous records.
6. Lack of physical activity:
As per the government guidelines gatherings are not allowed so the younger generation has nothing to do but to stay at home. Children cannot go out to play with friends like they used to. They are forced to play indoor games which are making them less active. They eat more food out of boredom and do not do as much physical work as they used to do which is very dangerous. Lack of physical activity makes their minds slow as well. Their routine is getting slow and all they do is stay at home so they do not even take their classes seriously.
7. Excessive use of mobile and computer:
Students have nothing much to do in the lockdown so they have indulged themselves in playing mobile games and they watch more TV. This is not only bad for their future as they are wasting their time but also bad for their mental and physical health. Students are taking online classes so they spend most of their time on computer or mobile phones. They are losing interest in the studies because the online system has no check and balance like the physical classes.
8. Lack of social activities:
Social gatherings are not allowed because it can cause spread of the virus but it has mentally affected the younger generation. They used to have a routine which included extracurricular and social activities as well but it is not possible for them during the pandemic. A lot of students are going into depression because they are stressed out and mentally disturbed.