What Exactly Happened? -The CatastropheThe year 2020 has been a catastrophic year world over. The novel corona virus is adversely affecting lives in a colossal way. With Wuhan, China as its epicenter, the virus steadily spread across the globe with a ripple effect and unabated speed. How the Corona virus has impacted students around the world is an impending issue. The impact on students is unfortunately harsh and grave. Countries are still battling with the growing contagion in addition to their own localized issues. The WHO declared COVID 19 as a global pandemic and announced measures that could prevent or slow down the spread of the virus. Activities in offices, public spaces and schools remained suspended. As a result, students especially felt the impact of the virus profoundly. How the corona virus has impacted students globally, is an important discussion that needs to be addressed.
In for A Rude Shock -The First JoltThe onslaught of the virus can be termed nothing less than a war. With the repercussion of war manifesting itself in loss of lives and economic slowdowns. The virus too has the same consequences as an actual war and to date, the virus continues to ravage countries across the globe. Along with public spaces, places of worship and offices, educational institutions like preschools, schools, colleges had to shut operations to limit the spread of the virus. A detailed study on the impact of COVID 19 on the education sector in India can be referred from here. From pre-schools to Ph.D., classes were suspended. Teachers and students are now suddenly trying to adapt to online learning systems.
How Covid Has Impacted Students Across the Globe?January of 2020 saw COVID cases around the world increasing manifold. The cosmic increase in cases resulted in countries world over, announcing the closure of schools and colleges. These places are proving to be hotspots for the transmission of the virus. In India, school and college classes were suspended in mid-march. By this time the virus was steadily spreading its tentacles in the country. Schools and colleges in the country closed as a precautionary measure rather than as a result of confirmed cases. The diverse sections of society, active population and interaction between children were all factors that concluded, maintaining social distancing in schools and colleges would be highly impossible. The pandemic most definitely impacted students all over the world. The abrupt closure of schools and colleges in the middle of the academic year left students in the lurch. Below we have tried to summarize how the corona virus has impacted students not only in India but around the world.
Adverse effects of the corona virus on students
Uncertainty over the completion of the academic year
Towards the end of 2020, with the situation still grim, schools and colleges are yet to decide the way forward.
Inability to repay student Loans
Closure of hostels
Psychological impact on students