Blogpost One: “Impact of COVID-19 on Our Education”

Impact of COVID-19 on Our Education

The COVID-19 pan­demic, caused by the novel coro­n­avirus SARS-Cov‑2 has changed the course of our life.  In this article, we will present our opinion that the lock­downs indeed had a few ancil­lary family, envi­ron­men­tal, and famil­ial ben­e­fits, but the neg­a­tive effects out­weighed the pos­i­tives and that a more careful approach should have been con­sid­ered before the wide­spread dis­rup­tion to the lives of the youth.

In order to reduce the spread of the virus, the gov­ern­ment has taken various pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures includ­ing a nation­wide lockdown.

A big concern of the pan­demic and result­ing lock­downs was how to con­tinue edu­cat­ing India’s stu­dents effec­tively while schools were manda­to­rily closed.  There were several sets of guide­lines and plans issued by the gov­ern­ment.  Due to school clo­sures, there was a need to adopt a change in our edu­ca­tional system.  Online learn­ing was put into place, and the mantra was that edu­ca­tion would con­tinue at a dis­tance, via tech­nol­ogy, and that all would be good and the edu­ca­tion of stu­dents wouldn’t miss a beat.

Edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tions made various efforts to reach stu­dents through various elec­tronic, imper­sonal means which were readily avail­able to wealth­ier fam­i­lies across the nation.  However, the poorest, and even many middle-class were hurt the most as they just didn’t have the resources to attend the online classes because they couldn’t obtain, or use effec­tively, the gadgets and tech­nol­ogy required for online classes.  

Many stu­dents fell through the cracks.

Ini­tially, stu­dents were really happy because of the the lock­down, and espe­cially of school clo­sures.  They were spend­ing their whole day playing games and watch­ing movies.  Nat­u­rally though, after a while the stu­dents became bored with this unusual twist in their daily rou­tines, and they real­ized that their old pre-pan­demic routine of coming to in-person school was much better than this new lax and elec­tronic lifestyle.  Stu­dents were waiting for the lock­downs to end so that they could become free again from the iso­la­tion and able to meet with their friends and attend in-person classes.

Every coin has two sides, and sim­i­larly, the lock­down also had both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive effects.  On the one hand, stu­dents had extra time to prepare for com­pet­i­tive exams and self-study.  They also had more quality time with family and learn­ing to concoct new activ­i­ties at home.  However, on the other hand, the closure of phys­i­cal schools forced stu­dents to do online learn­ing, which had many detri­men­tal effects in areas such as aca­d­e­mic per­for­mance, strain­ing of eye­sight from increased screen-time, mental health issues such as depres­sion, stress, anxiety, and frus­tra­tion from human alienation.

After facing this haz­ardous pan­demic, we realize that the offline mode of study is more ben­e­fi­cial and pro­duc­tive as com­pared to the virtual mode of study.  Offline classes pro­vides for direct inter­ac­tion between teach­ers and stu­dents, hence it pro­vides a health­ier envi­ron­ment for the student to flour­ish.  There­fore, in our con­clu­sion, despite the few bless­ings that came our way via the lock­down, overall, the lock­downs and school clo­sures were much more harmful  than ben­e­fi­cial.  The lock­downs gave us a better appre­ci­a­tion for our phys­i­cal learn­ing envi­ron­ment and inter­per­sonal inter­ac­tions, and we will hope­fully not take it for granted now that we’ve seen the neg­a­tive impact we’ve expe­ri­enced without it.

Thank you for reading our opinion.

The Student Website Edi­to­r­ial Team

*Dis­claimer:  This is the sole opinion of the Student Edi­to­r­ial Team and does not nec­es­sar­ily rep­re­sent the views of our school or teachers.