The impact of COVID-19 on students has been massive. The global lockdown of education institutions has caused a major interruption in students’ learning. In this column we will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on students life.

impact of COVID-19 on students

The COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a health crisis. Many countries have decided to close schools, colleges and universities.

Now lets discuss the negative impact of COVID-19 on students

Impact on examinations

Schools are shut, and students are stranded at home, with extremely limited contact with friends and virtually no physical activity. IB, A Levels, ICSE, CBSE all known and recognized boards have postponed or cancelled examinations.

Examinations affected due to COVID-19

NEET

The lockdown in the country has been extended to 17th May 2020 which will result in the further delay of NEET 2020. NEET 2020 to take place on July 26th, 2020. HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank confirmed the new date of NEET 2020. The release of the NEET 2020 admit card will be delayed as well. With competition expected to rise this year students can make use of this time and work on their strategy.

JEE

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-Advanced) for admission to IITs will be conducted on August 23, the HRD Ministry announced on Thursday. The exam was earlier scheduled to be held on May 17, but was deferred due to the coronavirus lockdown. “JEE-Advanced will be conducted on August 23,” HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said. On Tuesday, the government had announced to hold the JEE-Mains from July 18 to July 23.

Class 10 and 12 board exams

The remaining CBSE exams will be held from July 1 to July 15. As many as 29 exams will be re-conducted, these are for subjects that are important for college admission. The HRD Ministry had earmarked 3000 evaluation centers from where answer sheets would be distributed to teachers at their homes for evaluation and then collected.

Delhi University Exams

Due to the ongoing coronavirus lockdown in the nation, Delhi University (DU) has postponed the May-June semester exams. The exams for the School of Open Learning (SOL) and NCWEB have also been postponed. The exams for the final term/semester/year for all the UG and PG students will take place from July 1, 2020, onwards.

Positive impact of COVID-19 on students

Rise in Blended Learning

Universities and colleges will shift to a model of blended learning where both face to face delivery along with an online model will become a norm. This will require all teachers to become more technology savvy and go through some training to bring themselves to the level that would be required.

Learning management systems to be the new norm

A great opportunity will open up for those companies that have been developing and strengthening learning management systems for use by universities and colleges. This has the potential to grow at a very fast pace but will have to be priced appropriately for use by all institutions.

Rise in collaborative work

The teaching community to a large extent has been very insulated and more so in a country like India. There is a new opportunity where collaborative teaching and learning can take on new forms and can even be monetized.