The coronavirus pandemic has impacted education structures globally, contributing to the nearly closing classrooms, universities, and other academic institutions. This article will reveal how the future of education will be reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic.
Closures and Cancellations: The Main Effect of the Pandemic
Many countries across the world had closed doors of their educational facilities to limit the transmission of the novel coronavirus. As of September 30, 2020, nearly 1.2 billion students are impacted by these school closures due to the ongoing pandemic. As per UNICEF's monitoring, a total of 53 countries are officially introducing national closures, and 27 more are enforcing local closures, affecting around more than half of the global student population. On March 23, Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) made a report declaring the cancelation of Cambridge O Standard, Cambridge International AS & A, Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge Pre-U Examinations, and Cambridge AICE Diploma for the May and June 2020 Sequence in all countries. International bachelor's degree tests are now on hold. In comparison, Advanced Placement Tests, ACT Administrations, and SAT Administrations went online and scrapped.
Other Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Education
Aside from widespread closures of schools and cancellations of programs, there are other effects that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will deal with several entities. These are as follows:
• School closures affect not just pupils, teachers, and communities. However, they have significant economic and social implications.
• School closures as an effect of the pandemic revealed numerous social and economic problems, including college loans, digital literacy, food shortages and homelessness, and links to healthcare, health insurance, housing, Internet access, and disability facilities.
• The effect was far more devastating for marginalized children and communities, causing disrupted schooling, impaired nutrition, issues with childcare, and almost unending economic costs for the communities unable to function.
• In reaction to the school closing, UNESCO advocated using distance schooling services and free learning software and tools that facilitators and schools would use to access learners digitally and aggregate the interruption of schooling.
• The efforts to mitigate the spreading of the virus by non-pharmaceutical approaches and prevention steps, namely social distance and home- quarantining, also contributed to the widespread closing of all levels of education in more than 100 nations.
In short, the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to extensive school closures across the globe, with differing degrees of efficacy. This phenomenon has completely reshaped the future of education worldwide. School closures are not the only drawbacks of getting through the pandemic. There are a plethora of socio-economic problems as well. In response to these problems caused by the pandemic, organizations such as the UNESCO perform initiatives to adapt to the new trends of education. So, the future of education will focus on the local side of things -- more concentrated on utilizing media, technology, and contactless means of learning.