Higher Education’s Resilient efforts to Combat the Effects of COVID19

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As CoronaVirus Disease 2019 or more commonly known as COVID19 takes a toll at spreading from places to places—this global pandemic has forced us to adapt to what we so called “the new normal” nowadays.

This plague has not only tested our resilience and ability to cope up but our faith and discipline as well. It hampered our global economy, shaken our government and threatened our lives. The more time we take to develop the cure for this highly contagious disease, the higher the number of casualties.

Due to this pandemic, our global economy shrinks sharply and expert economists foresee a continuous downfall trend if we will not do anything to bring the economy back to life. More people will suffer from hunger as businesses were forced to close down. Government assistance was often delayed due to strict transportation and distribution compliance.

The Good News

While other countries, especially those from the third world are still struggling to combat the disease by giving their best efforts to isolate those who are infected, some countries are now on the deconfinement process. They started sending people back to work. However, as a precautionary measure, some companies adopted a skeletal framework where they send their employees to work on alternating shifts limiting the number of people inside a workplace. Still, strict compliance to hygiene and proper disinfection are mandatory.

On the other hand, some businesses took advantage of the internet and started to digitize their operations to cater their customers’ needs during this pandemic season.

Another good news brought about by this pandemic (although I’m not saying that it is good that this pandemic even happen), but looking at the brighter side of things, due to lesser human activities for several months in lock down and enhanced quarantine situations, we we’re actually able to see a huge drop in criminal rate and the number one problem in environmental pollution were actually reduced to somehow a great extent with no cars and huge factories emitting deadly and toxic CO2 in the air—we were actually able to breathe fresher and cleaner air today than it was before this whole pandemic situation happened. Our natural flora and fauna have also been observed to have grown tremendously in number during the lockdown as poachers have to stay indoor as well.

Still No Classes Allowed

Along with our gravely hampered economy—our educational system has been tremendously affected as well. Students were forced to stay at home during lockdowns and Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) which has greatly affected their classes.

Just as our government is trying to combat the effects of COVID 19—allocating funds and facilitating distributions of foods and other basic commodities to people, the higher education institutions on the other hand have also created several approaches to cater the educational needs of the students. These efforts do not only aim to show how resilient we are in combatting the effects of this global pandemic but also allows us to be flexible to change and adapt different teaching and learning strategies other than the conventional classroom teaching that we used to have.

On the other hand, experts also believe that as we’re not entirely ready for something like this, we’re not actually able to create a contingency plan before. Hence, our educators know that it will surely be a lot difficult to teach and learn effectively in this current condition.

Taking advantage of the Technology

As we embark to a new journey of finding the cure for COVID19, we also have to ensure that we take care of everything else left hampered because of the situation. That being said, our educators are trying to resort to several approaches to alleviate the global education current worsening situation.

It has been a subject for debate for several months as to whether we will resort to shifting conventional classroom teaching into online classes. Arguably, we’re not prepared for it just like we’re not prepared to deal with a highly contagious virus at all!

However, it is so far the best course of action we have for now to effectively prevent the spreading of the virus and keep everyone else safe while learning.

The Cons

We have to admit, we lack the foresight to detect such global pandemic will happen again in human history thus, we were literally caught by surprise. And, because of that, we were not able to create a contingency plan.

Digitizing the teaching and learning process would only be possible for most first and second world countries as they have good and stable internet providers. However, poor countries in the third world would have to suffer greatly as aside from not having a stable internet connection, not every family has the means to equip their children with the necessary tools and equipment to use such as computers and its peripheral devices.

Students from far flung areas in the poor country such as the Philippines were not even provided with adequate lessons and training on how to use computers in the first place. How do we expect them to buy computers and apply for an internet connection if they don’t have the means to buy such expensive equipment or they don’t have even the basic knowledge on how to use it and no one else is there to teach them how to do so? It’s sad, but it’s the reality that even though we are now in the what we so called “digital era”, there are still areas in the world where technology seems to haven’t reached yet.

An alternative course of action

Another alternative course of action that our educators are looking into consideration is using a modular way of teaching where lessons will be compiled in modules and will be distributed to parents. The parents will then teach the modules to their children then once in a while, the school will conduct an assessment to the students.

On a positive note, this alternative course of action will give the parents and their children more time to tighten their bond as a family unit. But on the other hand, this will be a huge burden to the parents with more than one child to attend to. Additionally, not all parents are literate enough to teach their children their lessons. Some parents may not have enough patience to be even a temporary teacher to their children while in some cases, children are more knowledgeable than their parents when it comes to their lessons at school.

Nevertheless, we know that the department of education is doing their best to provide the best solution to our current situation. Hopefully, they will come up with the most advantageous possible course of action. Until then, we have to stay home as much as possible to stay safe. Remember to always observe proper social distancing. From your Cheapest Essay family—please be safe everyone!

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