International Journal of Nutrition, Pharmacology, Neurological Diseases

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 166--167

The Coronavirus’ Impact on Education − School Students’ Perspective


Sanjay Subramanian1, Saeefh Mohamed2, Tahir Khanzadah2,  
1 Northwest High School, Germantown, Maryland, United States
2 American British Academy, Madinat Al-Qaboos, Muscat, Oman

Correspondence Address:
Tahir Khanzadah
American British Academy, Madinat Al-Qaboos, Muscat
Oman




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Subramanian S, Mohamed S, Khanzadah T. The Coronavirus’ Impact on Education − School Students’ Perspective.Int J Nutr Pharmacol Neurol Dis 2020;10:166-167


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Subramanian S, Mohamed S, Khanzadah T. The Coronavirus’ Impact on Education − School Students’ Perspective. Int J Nutr Pharmacol Neurol Dis [serial online] 2020 [cited 2022 Dec 3 ];10:166-167
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Many nations are advising different measures to contain/slow down the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19. With these problems, all educational institutions including schools and colleges have shut down and abruptly relocated to online platforms and distant education. Let’s discuss how COVID-19 affected education, how schools are adapting to distant learning, and how those changes are affecting education across the globe. The first case of COVID-19 found in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and soared swiftly across China and spread to 215 countries as of 25th May 2020. According to the World Health Organization, 8,546,919 global cases were reported, including 456,726 deaths, as of June 22, 2020.[1],[2],[3]

As part of the struggle to contain the scope of the coronavirus, common spaces such as schools, colleges, and facilities have shut down so that people can stay at home and limit additional spread. In countries, such as China, where quarantine actions were taken, the spread was able to level out. Means that are taken to reduce the rate of contamination include social distancing, limits on how many people can be together at once, and home quarantine when essential. Shutting down schools and facilities ensures that people can restrict their interactions with others that regulate the spread of the virus while the healthcare system copes with the pandemic.

Several schools are deciding to continue their normal classes on online platforms. This involves the usage of online tools, such as video conferencing, that allow educators and students to attend and conduct sessions over the internet. Another way that students are continuing their education is through online education, which uses online applications that replace instructors with instructional material so that students can learn on their own. An example of online education would be online sessions or videos which students use on their own time, as opposed to meeting face to face with the teacher and other students. The switch to technological platforms concerned many students because they might’ve not had a computer to engage in online education, but some schools are giving out computers to support students who don’t have one. As students ourselves, we had a hard time learning how to adapt to the sudden change from normal classes to online classes.[3]

There are some advantages due to lock down and stay home measures such as more family time, more indoor hobbies and focusing on your diet. However there are many disadvantages that impact the students such as boredom and loneliness, less outdoor activities, exercise time, less social gatherings and no extracurricular activities. With travel being banned (by air or land) and schools taking up online learning, everything from a trip to school to a trip to visit loved ones has been halted. Simply sitting at home has increased the sense of loneliness and the fear of when things would get back to normal has caused anxiety among students as well. Further, with the rise in job losses, a lot of families are forced to leave their place of residence. This has caused long term friends to leave their current school. All the above-mentioned reasons could cause frustration among students. Although grown-up school kids are able to understand the purpose of these preventive measures, younger kids are unable to understand why things have to be this way and this leads to a lot of acting out and tantrums. Older kids are forced to spend more time babysitting their younger siblings to help out their parents. This causes further stress among siblings and family members. In such cases, parents are forced to entertain the younger kids round the clock, which puts enormous pressure on them. Some parents who have to balance between work and family are forced to distract younger kids with more screen time.

In light of the pandemic, and the suspension of normal instruction, many online institutional platforms have been advertising-free instructive tools for students around the planet who are stuck at home. With young children at home from school and their regular agendas disrupted, parents need to make new plans for children who would normally be in class. Even with online classes, parents need to help younger children work their way through school on the computer, and parents with very young children are incapable of working unless adjustments can be made. New instructional opportunities are being promoted and made accessible for students by school executives and counties. The switch to online platforms presented a huge challenge to schools to create new online curriculums and also produced challenges for families to adapt and learn the new curriculum.[3]

In conclusion, to limit the spread of the coronavirus, learning as a whole abruptly moved online. From what’s been seen, remote learning comes with many challenges such as not being able to physically engage in class or participate in physical activities. The most we miss during this social distancing is hanging out with our friends and doing group projects. Some kids miss the physical presence of getting help from school to do their homework or classwork. On the brighter side, the switch to technological platforms has given new opportunities to students and teachers to try out different modes of education. These different modes of education such as video conferencing and online interaction help students learn more conveniently, therefore they can be less stressed and more focused. We believe online learning was necessary in order to maintain social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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