COVID-19: Introducing a strange transition in our education system
Madhu Wal The author is Principal, DPS STS School, Dhaka. Published: 12:00 AM, June 16, 2020 In a matter of weeks, coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed how students are being educated around the world. The education sector of Bangladesh is also experiencing a strange transition. Those changes give us a glimpse at how education could change for the better – and the worse – in the long term.
With the coronavirus spreading rapidly across the globe, countries have taken swift and decisive actions to mitigate the development of a full-blown pandemic. In the past few months, there have been multiple announcements suspending attendance at schools and universities. According to UNICEF, around 1.6 billion children are unable to attend school in person due to COVID-19 and to maintain social distancing.
Never before have so many children been out of school at the same time in any scenario, Be it Bangladesh or any other affected country. The risk-control decisions have led millions of students into temporary 'home-schooling' or 'online-learning' situations, especially in some of the most heavily impacted countries. These changes have certainly caused a degree of inconvenience, but they have also prompted new examples of educational innovation. Read more...