Updated: Aug 14
The world is facing a severe and acute public health emergency due to the ongoing #COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the spike of #corona virus cases, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of #India has raised awareness and has taken necessary actions to control the spread of COVID-19. The governments are taking several measures and formulating several protocols to control this infectious disease. Moreover, the Indian government implemented A nationwide #lockdown which was announced on March 24, and came into effect the next day. Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16 so as to reduce the transmission of virus. Many pending exams of the students were cancelled, the commencement of new session is delayed, and the colleges, schools and Universities are shut down for more than couple of months due to this epidemic. The students are suffering a lot for the sake of the principle laid down by the government. The final year students who are likely to graduate at the beginning of this global pandemic, students who have appeared board exam and the students who have been preparing for competitive examinations are affected. The issuance of the degree is delayed, the board results lingered, many entrance examinations like #JEE MAINS, #CLAT, #NEET etc., are rescheduled and many inconveniences followed.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected educational systems worldwide, leading to the nearly total closures of schools, universities and colleges, billion learners are currently affected due to school closures in response to the pandemic. In comeback to school closures, #UNESCO recommended the use of distance learning programs and open educational applications over internet that schools and teachers can use to teach the students and limit the disruption of education. And so the concept of online classes came into force, although online classes cannot replace classroom teaching but now this is the only option available for the students to learn. In higher education many universities and colleges are replacing traditional exams with online assessment which will however helped the teaching and learning process but the physical education and co-curricular activities are no longer a part of the learning.
School and universities closures, exam cancellation and delay in issuance of degrees have impacted the students in different ways. The impact was more severe for disadvantaged children and their families, causing interrupted learning, compromised nutrition, childcare problems, and consequent economic cost to families who could not work. The UGC had declared the cancellation of exams for the intermediate semester students; they will be promoted on the basis of the internal assignments. #UGC said the terminal semester/final year examinations should be conducted by universities/ institutions by the end of September, 2020 in offline or online mode. The examinations which are to be conducted in online mode couldn’t help students who live in very remote area where the internet connection is very poor or even not reachable. Many students who are waiting for their graduation degree to find a job and pay the student debt loan is in great tensity. All the students throughout the world have lost almost one valuable academic year. The cancellation of exams and rescheduling of exams is creating a mental strain for the students. The students who are in their final year have experienced major teaching interruptions in the final part of their studies and are experiencing a lot of problems.
Written by: Ipsita Das, Student, SNIL
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