Impact of Online Education in Bangladesh During The Pandemic In 2021
Around 23.15 million households in the USA have children receiving online education.
Today I will discuss how Covid-19 has affected the students.
How Bangladesh is handling the situation.
The positive and negative side of online education.
The world’s leading universities and schools are taking online classes.
They are using zoom, google meet to take virtual classes.
Among them, Zoom has gained much popularity in the pandemic.
Education platforms like Byju, Coursera, Udemy, Skillshare are giving free online classes.
They are gaining reputation and users all around the world.
· 47% of Poles are spending extra three hours than before Covid-19
· 62% of Poles are having eye-strain
· And 70% are experiencing more problems related to eyesight.
But not all people are against online education.
A professor at The University of Jordan, Dr. Amjad spoke up.
He is affirmative toward online education.
He says via virtual classes, he can reach out to his students more efficiently.
Video meetings, document sharing are easier with virtual classes. His students also agree with his opinion.
The Current Scenario of Education in Bangladesh during COVID-19
Doctors detected the first Covid-19 patient in Bangladesh in March 2020.
26 March 2020, a countrywide lockdown was declared. School, college, and universities are closed till now.
As a result, students had to attend virtual classes.
Schools, colleges, and universities are arranging these classes. Among them, the most used is Zoom or Facebook groups.
The government postponed exams like PECE, JSC, SSC, HSC. University students are facing semester clutter due to these postpone.
How COVID-19 Pandemic affected students in Bangladesh
Some are using this time to learn new skills- cooking, drawing, singing. Especially, students are investing time in their hobbies.
They are losing their interest and focus to study. Some university students complain that they have a noisy house. They used to study on campus.
A research company ‘Bioted’ conducted a survey among 2038 Bangladeshi students. They asked simple questions and got these results-
· 34% are in their village currently
· 66% are in the town
· Only 23% have the will to take online classes
But some prefer the online learning processmore. They can repeat the classes as they wish. They don’t have to go outside.
Deprivation Of Social Interaction:
Due to lockdown and isolation, social interaction is damaged. People are damaging their relationships with their friends and relatives.
Most of the students complained about that. As students tend to have a more bonding relation with their classmates.
They also miss their campus and traditional classes.
According to Statista,
From June 24 to June 30, 2020, around 40.9 percent of adults aged 18 years or older in the U.S. reported having one or more adverse mental or behavioral health symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students are uncertain of their future. When will their institute open, when everything will be normal? They don’t have an answer for that.
This doubtful situation leads them to depression and anxiety.
Physical Health Problem:
Covid-19 not only scarred the mental health of the students, but it also hampered their health.
Due to online classes, students have to spend more time sitting in front of screens. They are suffering from neck pain, eyesight problems, and so on.
As everyone is staying at home, physical movement is not happening. In consequence of that, most of the people are gaining weight. Weight gain is the main cause of obesity and other horrific diseases.
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is very common among Asian women. This particular disease requires daily physical movement. PCOS contribute to weight gain badly.
This is distressing the guardians. Bangladeshi parents pay for their children’s tuition fees. But most of the non-Govt job holders don’t have their jobs anymore. Some of the guardians cannot bear the fees anymore.
Even many families have lost their only earning member due to Coronavirus. So students had to take care of the family. They cannot continue their study anymore.
Challenges For Digital Education System In Bangladesh:
But in Bangladesh, teachers are all middle-aged. They don’t have any knowledge of how to take an online class. They are new in this virtual world. Some of them don’t even have a smartphone.
Teachers are having difficulties teaching online. And students from rural areas don’t have good internet connections.
They are failing to take the virtual classes.
Most of the students and teachers feel uncomfortable in a virtual class. They prefer the traditional method.
As they are not familiar with this online learning process.
The covid-19 pandemic has devastated the education sector of Bangladesh.
We don’t know when this will be over. Opening education institutes may seem like the best decision.
But we should also check the health issue. Online educationis now the only way we can save our education from shattering.
Let’s hope for a better future.