By Sushree Sangeeta
The Coronavirus pandemic has significantly stirred various sectors in India including agriculture, IT, oil, automobile, aviation and retail. But we can’t ignore that hardly a sector would remain unaffected by the crisis.
Strikingly, the education sector is also in the throes of a crisis. For the last four months, students are at home– neither they are able to go to school or colleges nor attend classes at private coaching centres.
India boasts of a sprawling educational ecosystem, catering to an array of ambitions of the aspiring students.
Due to coronavirus pandemic, the state governments across the country extending lockdown process and schools and colleges are completely shutdown. As per the present situation, there is an uncertainty when schools and colleges will reopen.
No doubt, this is the crucial time for education sector because entrance tests of several universities and competitive examinations are held during this period. Along with them, how can we forget about board examinations, nursery school admissions, etc?
At home and studying in isolation, students are undeniably missing the competitive aura of classrooms or coaching centres. Hence, students are not able to prepare for their full potential.
Technology plays an important role in the lockdown period like a study from home and works from home. In India, some private schools could adopt online teaching methods. Resultantly, there will be completely shut down due to no access to e-learning solutions.
This situation can be alarming mainly in private sector universities. Some faculties and employees may face salary cuts, bonuses and increments can also be postponed. The higher education sector is also disrupted which again has an impact on the country’s economic future.
We, the society and parents can’t ignore that at this time of a deepening crisis. Effective educational practice is needed for the capacity-building of young minds. Both the Centre and state governments need to take some measures to ensure the overall progress in the country.