The global shutdown of educational institutions is going to cause a major interruption in the learning process. The COVID-19 pandemic has put restrictions on the traditional classroom-based teaching and learning methods of schools, colleges, and other educational institutions. It also has transformed this traditional method into digital-based education. The crisis is worsening the pre-existing education systems by reducing the opportunities for children, youth, and adults - those living in poor or rural areas, girls, refugees, persons with disabilities, and forcibly displaced persons - to continue their learning. For those students, who wish to go for the higher education sector, this pandemic has created a disruption as many Indian students (second only to China) have enrolled in universities abroad, especially in countries, worst affected by the pandemic.
To get all the students as well as the entire education cycle back on track, the Education Ministry has stepped toward online education. The government has taken an initiative by launching the PM e-Vidya channels. Maximum institutions have started the pace to revamp the education system by introducing online courses. Through this system, students can attend the class from their place.
HIGHLIGHTED FIELDS AFFECTED BY COVID-19 PANDEMIC:
- More than 23.8 million children and youth from the pre-primary section to tertiary section may drop out or may fail to have access to school in this pandemic era.
- Due to the huddles in physical movement, some students are feeling mentally and emotionally burdened within themselves.
- Due to this COVID-19, the job market is also affected tremendously. The employment rate is reduced too.
- It slowed down the innovation within the education sector as well as some other fields too.
Where due to a load of social distancing and the fear of virus spread has caused the physical hustle-bustle has been down streamed, on the other hand, the mental challenges have risen to alarming heights simply because the world is going through such a traumatic time. In this adverse situation, setting up the National Education Policy 2020 has been a boon to the Indian Education System. It has changed the Indian educational sector which was much needed. Both the introduction of online education and NEP 2020 are needed in this era.