The COVID-19 pandemic has caused abrupt and profound changes around the world. This is the worst shock to education systems in decades, with the longest school closures combined with looming recession. The pandemic has resulted in at least one positive thing: a much greater appreciation for the importance of public schools.
As parents struggle to work with their children at home due to school closures, public recognition of the essential caretaking role schools play in society is deeply felt by the people at large. Disruptions to education systems over the past year have already driven substantial losses and inequalities in learning.
All the efforts to provide remote instruction are laudable, but this has been a very poor substitute for in-person learning. There are some questions in everybody’s mind, are we planning to recover the education sector? Do we have a graph available on that? Most of us will leave this to an auto-recovery phase. Are our schools ready for a possible desirable change?
As per (UNICEF 2020; United Nations 2020), the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education is both unprecedented and widespread in education history, impacting nearly every student in the world.
The unexpected arrival of the pandemic and subsequent school closures saw massive efforts to adapt and innovate by educators and education systems around the world. To enable all children to return to school and to a supportive learning environment, which also addresses their health and psychosocial well-being and other needs. We should work jointly on it and obey SOP’s so that campus education will return back in schools.
The literary rate of J&K stands high at 67.16% as per the census of 2011. Of that male literacy stands at 76.75% while female literacy is at 56.43%. We must look up to the great education models that other countries and states have bought in. There is a need to stride for a policy that will consider all Challenges. I believe young people must advocate for the same.
By and large, the changes were more about addressing the immediate and urgent need of continuing schooling, teaching online, and finding creative ways to reach students at home rather than using this opportunity to rethink education. I have seen people hired by some institutes to teach students for competitive exams in the valley, the feedback looks satisfactory and sometimes overwhelming.
Teachers who have been in the field for years now also need to equip themselves with the present demands and should claim for the new achievements, not the already won. Although pandemic forced the closure of schools, leaving teachers, children, and adults to carry out education in entirely different situations it will also help in the future to face the digital shift.
The need of the hour is that government must facilitate the rebuilding phase for the teaching faculty in order to bring in desired results by setting goals. While helping students, developing basic practical skills is still needed. Education must be seen as a pathway to attaining lifelong learning, satisfaction, happiness, wellbeing, opportunity, and contribution to humanity. Schools, therefore, need to provide comprehensive access and deep exposure to all learning areas in order to enable students to make informed choices and develop their passions and unique talents.
(Author is Youth Advocate at UN, Gandhi Fellow)