There is no doubt that COVID-19 has an impact on education, which is both- negative as well as positive. The education disruption has had and will proceed to have, extraordinary outcomes beyond education. Closings of educative organizations impede the requirement of fundamental assistance to kids and associations, including admittance to a nutritious diet, influence the strength of many origins to operate and develop chances of brutality against ladies and girls.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created the biggest division of knowledge in antiquity, having already had a near-universal impression on students and educators around the system, from pre-primary to secondary institutions, professional and vocational education and coaching (TVET) institutions, multiversities, adult education, and abilities community businesses. In technical and vocational education and training systems, vulnerabilities including low levels of digitalization and long-standing structural weaknesses, have been brought to light by the crisis. Disorders in workplaces caused it difficult to complete apprenticeship projects and work-based education methods, key components of a practical and market-responsive professional and vocational operation.
In the higher education sub-sector, while online learning has generally taken place through recorded lectures and online platforms, some universities have postponed learning and teaching until further notice, due to the lack of information technology (IT) infrastructure for both students and teachers. Therefore, we see a negative impact of COVID here. The most vulnerable learners are also among those who have poor digital skills and the least access to the hardware and connectivity required for distance learning solutions implemented during school closures. The learning loss, in the short and long term, is expected to be great. In addition to the learning loss, the economic impact on households is likely to widen the inequities in education achievement.
Higher learning sectors are also disrupted which again covers a hypothesis on the country’s economic future. Numerous learners from India took acceptance abroad like the US, UK, Australia, China, etc. And these nations are severely harmed due to COVID-19. Another major interest is employment. Students who have achieved their commencement may have doubts in their minds of abandonment of job offers from the corporate sector due to the current situation. The sudden shift to online learning without any planning — especially in countries like India where the backbone for online learning was not 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.
Added to this is that we may be transmitting a substantial relationship of the learner community clear due to the digital divide that is part of many developing nations including India. Online learning is a particular variety of methodologies and not all coaches are great at it or at least not all of them were ready for this unexpected change from face-to-face learning to online learning. Thus, most of the coaches are just attending talks on video platforms such as Zoom which may not be authentic online learning in the deficiency of a dedicated online platform especially composed of the design.
With the help of power supply, digital skills of teachers and students, internet connectivity it is necessary to explore digital learning, high and low technology solutions, etc. Students those are coming from low-income groups or the presence of disability, etc. distance learning programs can be included.
To implement maintenance for digitalization to scholars and learners, the requirement to examine digital learning platforms still prevails a lot. Measures should be taken to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on job offers, internship programs, and research projects. EDtech reform at the national level that is an integration of technology in the present Indian education system is really a good initiative to take.