The Indian Education sector is at a crucial stage in its growth phase. According to a report of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India conducted a survey on higher education in the year 2019 and observed that there are 993 Universities, 39931 Colleges and 10725 stand-alone Institutions listed on their portal, which contribute to education. These institutions further reflect the student density of India as the total enrolments in higher education every year are nearly 37.4 million, reflecting the expanding horizons of the education industry. The sector was seen catching pace by the passing day until Coronavirus impacted the country intensely.
The world today is facing the biggest public health risk which is leading to one of the largest and the quickest reorganization of the world order. By the end of March 2020, the epidemic had spread to over 185 countries and resulted in the closure of over 90 percent of all schools, colleges and universities impacting close to 1.38 billion students.
Given such a situation it is important to look at the impact and reflect on what has transpired and what is likely to happen as we move forward in the field of global education.
As per our teachers’ research, we can brainstorm on following after-effects of COVID pandemic on the education of children and youth-
- Sluggish cross-border movement of students:
It is becoming more and more clear that this cross-border movement of students will take a beating at least for the next two to three years and will lead to a major financial risk for universities in these countries who are already under financial pressure.
2. Passive learning by students:
The sudden shift to online learning without any planning — especially in developing nations like India where the backbone for online learning was not that much ready and the curriculum was not designed for such a format — has created the risk of most of our students becoming passive learners and they seem to be losing interest due to low levels of attention span, though the millennials are tech savvy but still the sudden high demand of virtual classrooms is difficult to cater to shifting the whole onus on teachers and authorities.
3. Unprepared teachers for online education:
Like we said, Online learning is a special kind of methodology and not all teachers are good at it or at least not all of them were ready for this sudden transition from face to face learning to online learning.
4. Changing format of student recruitment:
Universities and colleges worldwide are facing a major risk in the area of student recruitment and retention. The risk of losing students is so high that they will need to re-look at their admission practices, admission criteria and the overall recruitment process itself which will include new methods of outreach and application process itself.
1. Rise in Blended Learning:
New ways of delivery and assessments of learning outcomes will have to be adopted which opens immense opportunities for a major transformation in the area of curriculum development and pedagogy.
2. Learning management systems to be the new norm:
A great opportunity will open up for those companies that have been developing and strengthening learning management systems for use by universities and colleges. This has the potential to grow at a very fast pace but will have to be priced appropriately for use by all institutions.
3. Improvement in learning material:
There is a great opportunity for universities and colleges to start improving the quality of the learning material and making it future ready, that can be used in near future making it a more sustainable mode of teaching and learning process.
4. Rise in collaborative work:
Faculty members/ teachers can deliver online courses to even students from competing institutions. Collaborations can also happen among faculty/teachers across the nation to benefit from each other.
Therefore, there is no doubt that this virus has posed adverse challenges for students, teachers, educational institutions but someone has rightly said that uncertain times call for stronger measures and the positive impacts showcase that the educational institutions across the globe have been stepping up to take some of them.
The pandemic has been working as a catalyst for the educational institutions to grow and opt for platforms and techniques, they haven’t used before. The times are changing, and the theories have always pointed out towards the survival of the fittest, most dynamic and adaptive.
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Edited By- Shweta Mittal,B.com(H), LL.b.,MSW (Gold Medalist)