Motia Mannan has been working as an English Lecturer for 12 years at Rajapur Degree College Belkuchi, Shirajgong.
Fighting for Education and After Covid-19 Challenges and Strength
Does pandemic bring new hinders to progress education? With the outbreak of the Covid -19 pandemic, most countries of the world began to keep institutions closing down. It is a historic and unparalleled upheaval of the world's schooling system and this condition forced schools to a near shut-down. The widespread school shutdowns were felt internationally and provoked various social inequalities in gender, technology, educational achievement, and psychological health.
The difference between what a learner is expected to have learned by a certain grade level versus what he/she actually learned up to that point obviously poses a major challenge for both educators and learners alike. Achievement gaps that start in school in childhood can impact a child's future.NEA data supports what Owyang pointed out that students tailing in certain academic fields early in school have a lesser possibility of completing high school or earning a college degree. During this pandemic period, the early learning and teaching gap could be significant. This global health pandemic has highlighted the vulnerabilities and challenges the educational system the world faces that more than 1.5 billion students whose learning has been hampered due to school closure.
Research outcomes regarding online learning and teaching focus that these are productive only when students would have great and easy access to the internet and computers as well as teachers might have received the required training and supports for online teaching, even though we have lacked at these. Now it is evident that we cannot get back to the world as it was before and it is important for the world supports developing countries with the investment in 21st centuries education structures; in this field, the requisition will be the mobilization of resources and support from the 1st world countries in the case of debt cancellation, restructuring, and new financing. A general survey shows that globally only a minor percentage of learners possess a household computer with the internet where the rest is deprived of access to the internet. However, already we see that the disturbance brought on by the pandemic are intensifying inequalities across the world. We need emergency investment with importance and infrastructural change that short-term drawbacks do not grow into longer and long-lasting problems. Here is another crisis, has been flourished in that Covid -19 will root out the progress of several decades e.g, poverty and gender inequality. For this reason, the girls' education goals are likely to suffer greatly with a risk where many of them will not return to school at post-Covid-19 period. This is something indifferent that we should not accept, we must do everything according to our strength to prevent it.
Obstacles that covid-19 brought:
Covid-19 has brought challenges that follow from the denationalization of the educational system with an unprepared situation where we were also unprepared for a massive replacement to digital and distance learning. On the other hand, we are also observing resourcefulness, dedication, creativity, and strong response from many educationists, families, and learners who are collaboratively contributing to building up remarkable learning and teaching experiences.Covid-19 has brought a vulnerable period for the public education system where lies the possibility of fragmentation and unraveling. Here there is a great risk to lose both teachers and students who may not return to schools after reopening. There is a doubt that certain privatization happens when learning replaces from school into the home. Besides, we realize to recognize that many guardians and communities have already acknowledged the appreciation of teacher's contribution to their profession. actually, the schools play multiple roles in providing education for the well-being of the children and youth which ensure health with nutrition and academic learning. The promise of high-quality safe education has already been out of reach for the students globally. If we do not work together with attention to ensure equal opportunities for all students it could be slipped further. Actually, the education opportunities should be kept free from discrimination based on race, color, community, nationality, sex, age, and disability. The pandemic effects will have stayed for many years, but the existing pre-pandemic education gaps that presented inaccessibility, opportunities, outcomes, and achievement will be widened. these disparities will be a great concern, when these interfere with a student's opportunity in learning, growing, and contributing to the global's future. After reopening the school students, educators, families, staff, administrations, the educational departments, and agencies, institutions, and communities across the world should come forward with hard work of building back better to ensure equal learning opportunity for all.
Suggested methods to improve the educational backwardness:
During this Covid-19 crisis, such prolonged closure of schools has converted into stakeholders' relationship to both institutions and learning content. For the absence of both clear operational guidelines and contingency plans regarding curriculum priorities and the authorities of the educational system should come forward with a variety of suggested approaches to maintain continuity. Where it is significant to keep in mind that many education methodologies had already renovated their curricula after determining that most of the students were really unable to adequately transfer the knowledge and skills got in school into the context of situations. This is fueled by the concept that school is boring and outdated. So we can take efforts to make effective such as :
1) A proficiency-based logic; 2) socioeconomic-perspective ; 3) Effective focus on learners, and 4) Here is a question that has been raised noteworthy about the importance and usefulness of certain curriculum. It has focused on the authenticity of learning situations. On the other hand, academics, educational progress, and learner assessment, the supreme need that has emerged are to protect student's motivation, commitment, and interest and their connection with the school, especially when schools are closed for long periods of time. In this time we required diversified authentic and flexible learning activities. It represents an opportunity to rethink curricular content and approaches.
The extended school closing since 2020 has definitely been interrupted the continuous school year. This uncertain closing has also shown that learning can be continued through distance education by using digital means, without the physical presence of the learners in institutions, although this entails some challenges affected emotionally and physically.
In the future, these challenges can affect several aspects of education which will include the learner-teacher mutual relationship which will be so crucial for learner's success. Besides, in preparing for the returning of students to school potential difficulties to meet physical distant requirements in the classroom, particularly
Instructed student numbers and classroom sizes etc, should be justified. Whereas many schools have already decreased class sizes or space out desks for students, however, others have focused these difficulties by organizing educational settings just outside the classroom. Actually, the risk of virus transmission at outdoor class arrangement systems is considered low and open space education is an interesting opportunity for facilitating space arrangement and maximizing face-to-face educational activities. Indeed the pandemic has brought out a chance avenues for innovation, even in the longer term. The learning and teaching model of a land base that included indigenous philosophy can increase student motivation, reduce care and anxiety and enhance the sense of community of the students. Because of the greater ecological awareness, the deeper appreciation of Indigenous cultures.
During these lock down the experience of distance education has focused on the issue of students' independent learning. Now students are used to be supervised, guided- by technological tools instead of strict scheduled work of the schools. This circumstance will help them to foster the development of independent learning by setting their own goals and exercise self-discipline relevant for works plans such as project-based or problem-based tasks. They will be skilled handed to organize their work better, think more critically, take more initiative as needed.
To develop autonomy and make students less dependent on the help of adults for their learning, teachers should skillfully observe their students. However, teachers should have possessed certain skills and knowledge that are not an important part of their training but these are instincts as a teacher. Besides, we know that distance education has been primarily dependent on the use of digital technologies e.g, email, document sharing platforms, online courses. Here lies the need to develop teacher's digital literacy as professional skills to design quality online learning material and also to train the students about technologies by using technologies.
In order to meet up these needs during this school closures expecting the eventual development of such kind of training, govt. can arrange several massive open online courses on distance learning for teachers. Without training in these aspects, we can't expect quality video materials from most of the teachers.
Now in the education sectors, the Covid -19 pandemic has highlighted both challenges and opportunities. Designing opportunities to arrange authentic education through the learning priorities and the learning environments and the curriculum that the educationists have already proposed instruct a future direction as an educational guideline after students return to school.
In recent, the difficulties of distance learning experienced a relevant question about the role of teachers vis-a-vis their learners and the overall relationship between teacher and student. After reopening school for distance learning, it is imperative that educators play a helpful role to the students who could have offered negative effects for the crisis and willingness to learn. This is why it is vital to establish a positive student-teacher relationship as this facilitates adjustment and adaption after an overwhelming event we are currently experiencing.
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Mannan on September 09, 2021: