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Impact Of Covid-19 on Educationn | An Article by Maskura Begom

Impact Of Covid-19 on Education

COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted every aspect of life, 
not only in India but also across the globe. Till August 2020, total cases 
around the globe was about 3.4  billion. The prolonged closure of schools 
triggered by this rising figure, has brought along huge challenges for the education sector. 

Education is the back bone of the nation and is infact one of the parameters, 
for measuring the progress of a country. During the outbreak of the pandemic, 
It was observed that in very crowded classrooms, it became almost impossible 
for children particularly, to adhere to the norms of social distancing and hygiene. 
Given the rapid pace at which the disease is spreading, schools had been shut for 
months together. This has undoubtedly affected students in a big way. Isolation from 
not only classmates and classroom situations but also from community at large has 
pushed them to a shell.  As a result anxiety and stress has severly affected their mental 
health. A sense of lonliness has taken roots in their minds.

     However, at such times, governments and authorities have not been mere 
mute spectators to the situation. In India governments of every state, with the help 
of state education departments, have been taking several measures, to reduce the 
anxiety of the students.  In order to ensure a continuity in learning, the concept of 
e-learning had been introduced. Besides promoting learning through YouTube and 
internet contents, a few e-learning portals  have been created like DIKSHA, 
SEBA Online Portal etc., to support their learning. The Swayam Prabha channel 
launched by the MHRD, as well as programmes like Pratidin Patshala has been 
broadcasting classes by experts on course related topics. The availability of free 
e-books is providing a great opportunity for learners to acquire knowledge. 
Moreover, to facilitate a regularity in learning, on-line classes by concerned subject 
eachers over Whatsapp, Zoom app etc., have made things a lot easier for them. 
Through these virtual platforms, teachers have provided counselling and awareness 
among both parents and students, about issues of mental wellbeing.

Initially, students and teachers  were facing a lot of problems, specially where, 
maximum students had no access to smart phones  and even if they had one, 
they didn't have the knowledge to use it. These were some of the challenges 
facing the e-learning process in Indian schools. In the beginning students felt anxious, 
stressed out and even deprived at times. Similar problems were faced by the teachers 
as well. In absence of sound knowledge of technology they are compelled to use the
 digital medium for carrying out classes. However, with  growing awareness  these are 
turning out to be things of the past. Even amidst these challenges, the efforts of some 
teachers have been really commendable, who have explored and learnt these 
applications on their own and are using them effectively.
       E-learning is an interesting, interactive and effective way of learning for everyone,
 be it students teachers or parents. It has created a climate for exploring technology 
by young and old alike. The digital knowledge would go a long way in enhancing the 
conventional education system. We see in this, a new revolution, brought about by 
Covid 19 in the field of education. 


Maskura Begom           
Assistant Teacher
Champupara High School
Chhaygoan Block,