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Coronavirus Update – What Post-Pandemic Education Might Look Like

As is expected of a global pandemic, coronavirus has brought about some major changes to the way of life for everyone. Lockdowns imposed because of COVID-19 have forced everyone to find a new way of going about their lives. Whether its education, travel, and even running errands, people have had to change.

Most of these changes are short-term. It might be weeks from now or months from now, but the lockdowns will end. Thus, “normal life will return, to whatever extent possible.

However, there are many changes that will not go away for a very long time. One aspect of life that will severely be affected is education. There are many trends that will settle in for the long haul.

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HOW WILL EDUCATION LOOK LIKE AFTER THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC ENDS?

Coronavirus Update - What Post-Pandemic Education Might Look Like

REDUCTION IN CHILDREN GOING TO SCHOOL/COLLEGE

Even after lockdowns have ended and schools/colleges have been reopened again, the fear that living through a pandemic instills in an individual’s mind will affect their actions for a long time. Parents might refuse to allow their children to return, fearing a second wave of the pandemic caused by large gatherings. This behavior was seen in Denmark. A Facebook group called “My Kid Is Not Going To Be A Guinea Pig” was formed. The group consisted of nearly 40,000 people, refusing to send their kids back to school.

REDUCTION IN OUT-OF-STATE AND OUT-OF-COUNTRY TRAVEL FOR EDUCATION

This trend also has to do with the fear that people feel. The outbreak started in China in December 2019. It was then spread to the rest of the world by people traveling to various countries, unaware that they were infected. This has made people wary of traveling to different places, fearing that they might be exposed to the virus while traveling or going about their business in another city.

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Coronavirus Update - What Post-Pandemic Education Might Look Like

MULTI-SHIFT SCHOOLS

Lockdowns and social distancing measures have been implemented to prevent large gatherings of people. This is because they can cause the virus to spread quickly. Since classes mandate a high number of people to sit together in an enclosed space, it can allow the same to happen. Moreover, schools and colleges have hundreds of students from different classes, sections, and courses co-existing, it can prove to be dangerous. Thus, educational institutions might need to divide their classes into separate shifts, requiring fewer people to gather.

 

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