A continued State of Uncertainty!
Pandemic and lockdown brought some challenging difficulties in everyone’s life around the world. Since the outbreak of the pandemic till today, circumstances are changing. Every day we get to know a new variant of the same virus! The one portion of the country that is troubled by this on and off lockdown scenario are the students.
The pandemic has also started some brand new trends like entire work from home protocol, rise in social activity, online shopping, etc. The one which proved to be a new experience for everyone was the entire school-going online. It started with a lot of difficulties. Like lack of internet facility strong enough to support three to four classes a day, lack of an extra electronic device to attend classes on, no sufficient knowledge of handling platforms like Zoom and Google meet, etc. Due to all this one thing is clear that students, their parents and teachers were also greatly affected by the pandemic. Along with doctors, employees, businessmen and women, factory owners.
As this article is dedicated to students, let’s divide the students by their classes and age and look at the problems faced by them while adapting to this new learning journey!
From the youngest to teen students- Preschoolers to 10th graders
Comprising of the most energetic and eager population of students. Students of this category are socially smart and very active in their schools and various sports. These students had a total change of their routine as the pandemic hit. Mainly most of them did not understand the main reason behind the whole lockdown. They were just incapable to understand it for example in the case of preschoolers. Preschoolers stayed calm at first. But as the lockdown stretched to a year they became impatient to go out to school and play, buy some toys, etc. Parents had to and still have to watch them and tell them repeatedly to not go out. Parents had to struggle a lot to keep their kids engaged at home.
Then of course schools started the online schooling protocols and things got even worse! Kids till age 10 were unable to handle the gadgets Another problem was to keep them stable and quiet throughout the classes because kids have a really low concentration span and things have to be extremely interesting to increase that span. Due to this instead of focusing on studies they spent their time playing with the mic and camera switch, the chatbox, etc. Parents had to take out extra time which they usually didn’t have to take out otherwise. To sit next to their kid to keep a check on them and help them with some technical difficulties.
Impact on Teen-ager Routine in Pandemic !
Talking about teen-ager! Now the students in this category are pretty much stable and develop a better understanding of circumstances than kids. But they still lack focus making them misuse the gadgets provided to them, especially for classes. To avoid this parents had to restrict them from using such means by utilizing various methods. And we know how parents and their punishments work! They had to stay indoors which meant not meeting with their friends and hanging out with them, missing out on school adventures, etc. Staying home was a difficult task because they found it difficult to engage in their free time.
The students with big dreams and hopes in Pandemic!
The students that fall in this category are the 10th, 11th and 12th ones. This pandemic proved to be the biggest disadvantage for them because many students had the most important examinations of their life that would eventually determine their career path and these exams just kept postponing. Leaving the students in an utter state of uncertainty and pressure because if the exams were cancelled then the admission or eligibility criteria would change and impact a lot of students and aspirants because they never planned how things would work in such a scenario.
The students who passed their 12th and had registered themselves for India’s most tough examinations to get admissions in their desired college had to wait for a long time to give the exam. Almost a year passed in their exams and admissions, wasting their entire year with no choice and option. These students got admitted to their respective colleges around December of last year. By this time they would’ve completed their two semesters of the college if the conditions were normal.
During this entire time, these students in higher classes had to keep themselves constantly self-motivated, to keep the rhythm of study constant. 10th board exams were fluctuating from cancelled and about to get cancelled. These students had to compromise with their grades as the entire teaching was happening online. Marks were now focused more on projects that had a great impact on one’s grades.
There are thousands of students in our country that give various types of competitive exams like, GATE, MPSC and UPSC, etc. These papers kept pushing forward wasting an entire year of aspirants.
Teachers’ side of the story!
We just talked about one side of the story, and no story is complete until and unless we learn about the other important part of the story. A student’s problems remain unsolved until and unless he/she has a great teacher as their guiding angel.
We discussed the problems faced by various students as the pandemic and lockdown progressed. Teachers faced much more challenges to keep up with this new normal. Teachers had to go through various training sessions to learn the features of the online meeting platforms. They also had to explain all this patiently to their students and parents. They had to discover new ways to make the online learning experience engaging and interesting. Because teaching online is difficult as you cannot see the students physically in front of you and have to communicate with them via a virtual mediator.
Many times students keep their cameras off, due to which the teacher is unable to realise if the student understood everything taught or is just sleeping or walking through the house. When this happens, the teacher is unable to deliver the best of her knowledge. Genuine network issues are happening sometimes that disconnects the student from the class. Doubts of students go unheard sometimes when a lot of students speak at the same time.
Teachers have had so many difficulties since the beginning of the pandemic and lockdown. They found it difficult to balance their work and personal life as students would ask them doubts and they realize that it is their responsibility to stay online 24*7. Many teachers lost their jobs due to the closing of schools, leaving them in sudden economic instability.
No one is to blame for this. Let’s stay motivated together every day!
We looked into the challenges faced by students, parents and teachers ! How parents had to make extra time to focus on their kids during their online classes, which was entirely not a thing before lockdown because the kids used to be in school.
Aspirants facing issues due to delayed examinations. Teachers facing challenges to adapt to this new learning experience. This all is a part of our new reality now, at least till the pandemic ends! But one relief is that no one is to blame for this. This situation that we are in currently and since the past year popped out spontaneously shaking the entire world. No one was ready for this. It is challenging for everyone and entirely new for everyone. The fact that we are together in this situation should give us enough motivation and courage to stay consistent with our respective work and studies.
Though these times are uncertain and unpredictable, we have to stay determined, focused and consistent with our efforts towards our goal. No matter when the exams are or when the next project is! We have to keep studying and practising to achieve the goal or position we set as a benchmark for ourselves! After all, it is always about becoming better than yourself, instead of being better than someone else. Don’t let the pandemic come in between you and your dreams! Stay safe, wear a mask, and keep working hard!