Education & Covid-19

Education is one of the most important part of a person’s personal growth and development. Unfortunately, it is also arguably suffering the most as a direct result of educational institutions being closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some schools and colleges have started giving classes online which is the most they can be expected to do. However, this is not exactly a very successful way of learning.

The main problem that schools face when teaching online is a very simple issue: most students in school, especially below grade 9, simply lack the motivation to make the extra effort to understand online classes. Another problem is that during online tests or exam, it is almost impossible to prevent the use of unfair means. Most children are given smartphones at a very early age and cheating on a test is as simple as making a call or writing a text message.

The fundamental problem in this can be, in part, solved by more involvement in a student’s studies. This might be tough in some households where, for example, both the parents are working. In other households, however, parental guidance plays a very essential role. Ultimately, however, the students themselves need to be told why it is important to gain knowledge from school. The basic principles of all the subjects studied in high school are important not only do they teach you how to make graphs or why the sky is blue, but also because they change the way you look at the world. The problem solving attitude learnt from school education and testing is absolutely necessary to compete in today’s world.

Another issue, which can be seen in colleges which quite often have heavier tuition costs, is this question: Why should we be required to give the same fees for school and college when we aren’t even using their facilities. Although the simple answer might seem like reducing the fees by a significant amount, the actual answer might be a little more complicated. The school or college still needs to pay its employees to make sure there is a school or college to return to when they do open. They also need to maintain the various amenities even if they are not using them. Hence, in my opinion, a small cut in fees may be feasible but expecting a huge cut is somewhat absurd.

Knowledge never stops. Although your school or college may be closed or running at somewhat slower pace, your pace of gaining knowledge should never stop. We are fortunate to live in an age limited only by the vast bounds of the internet. There are so many resources to utilize and make oneself more knowledgeable. Thinking about how educational institutes will make up for lost time is futile. The only one who can use this time wisely is you. Do your best and hope for the best. This pandemic may be a long haul, and no one can say with certainty when these educational institutions will open. As Albert Einstein said, “The pursuit of knowledge is more valuable than its possession.”

Written By - Akshaan Garg

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