COVID 19 IN EDUCATION SECTOR
coronavirus pandemic is a health crisis that people are experiencing globally. It has posed a great challenge to the world as no cure has been found. This is due to its effects not only to the health sector but also to the socio-economic sectors. Most countries have decided and taken actions to alleviate the growth and development of a full-blown pandemic. Therefore countries have gone into localized closures. Schools, universities and all education systems have been closed down. As they can be a faster means of spreading the virus. This has resulted in home-schooling especially in countries that have been heavily affected. Countries such as Italy, Iran, and Korea. These changes in the education system have brought about inconveniences. However, innovation and invention within the sector get promption. Therefore, the COVID-19 pandemic will have a long-lasting influence on learning and its activities.
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, there will be growth in public-private education partnerships. Different stakeholders within the education sector are on the lookout for solutions. In some countries, students engage in homeschooling. Where interactive applications is in use to enhance it. Others are using live television broadcasts. Where all learning materials are being made available. While in some, less innovative solutions are being implemented. Such as the use of Google Classroom where face to face instructions are given. All these solutions have assisted in keeping students busy while at home. Through the concept of digitization in education, learning anywhere, anytime might be the new trend in the education system.
The digital platforms that are being used are a result of combined efforts by learning coalitions and stakeholders. The stakeholders such as the government, education professionals, technology providers, and network providers. Through this education has received more attention. Going beyond the projects that are being funded by the government and non-profit social projects. Private organizations such as Microsoft and Google have developed a great interest and are investing in innovative education solutions. Both the private sector and government are arising to the authority of educated people. However, due to the pandemic, there is a limit on the carrying out of initiatives. However, it is evident that after the pandemic large-scale and cross-industry partnerships would be established. Involving the private and public sector with a common goal of providing education in the most convenient way.
The growth of these partnerships has begun. For example in China, the Ministry of Education has assembled diverse parties. Who have contributed to the development of a new cloud-based, online learning and broadcasting platform. This has led also to the upgrading of the education infrastructure in China. Which has been led by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and other stakeholders. Also, in Hong Kong a readtogether platform has been developed. It is an association with over 60 education organizations, the media, professions in the entertainment industry, and publishers. Through this platform, educational resources and materials are provided. Materials such as assessment tools, book chapters, videos, and free counseling services. The association aims and making use and upholding the platform in the future even after the COVID 19 pandemic.
The development of these partnerships will be a trend. This is especially in countries where the government has been predominantly providing education. However, policies and regulations will need to be put in place. They will contribute to the execution and implementation of common goals. This will provide a clear guideline of how the partnerships will work, the contribution of each party, how decisions will be made. In these, a code of conduct is emphasizes, ways of handling and managing conflict and ways of reaching a consensus in the case of disagreements. This ensures equity and fairness for both the private and public sectors.
Benefits to the education system
This will greatly boost the education system leading to an educated populace. Through this, some of the major issues get solution over time. Issues such as unemployment, poverty, and underdevelopment. Education equips the population with the required skills, knowledge, and expertise in different professions. Through which people can seek employment, create employment opportunities, and come up with inventions and innovations within different sectors. Thus a majority of a country’s population engage in economic activities.
That enable them to earn a living. Therefore leading to high standards of life and reduced levels of poverty. Innovations and inventions are a major source of attraction to foreign investors. Therefore, boosting the economy of countries. The partnerships within the education sector may prompt partnerships in other sectors. Sectors such as the health sector, hospitality, and food sector among others. This brings about unity, equity, cooperation and effective use of resources. As the different sectors of a country’s economy are focusing on common goals.
In conclusion, The COVID 19 pandemic has brought about inconveniences. However it is also prompting changes whose effects will be of benefit. Therefore as we find temporary solutions to the problems arising, it is also important to look into permanent solutions for some of these issues. The COVID 19 pandemic has brought about a change in different sectors. It is therefore a primary responsibility and obligation to the world population to swiftly adapt. Adapting to the new changes and develop mechanisms. Which encourage growth and development. Therefore development despite the effects of the pandemic.