THE SHOW MUST GO ON – How the teaching has changed amid COVID-19 Pandemic
When it started, no one had imagined that it would go so far where the entire world would come to a standstill. It has been more than a year and still humanity is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, still waiting and hoping for the suffering to end. There is no nook and corner of the world which is devoid of ill-effects of this deadly virus and there is no one who has not been affected. Every sphere of life; be it personal, professional or social, has been impacted in one or other way.
Education system is an indispensable part of each society and civilization and has a major role to play in the development of a nation and its economic growth. Undoubtedly, it has been one of the most affected sectors during the current pandemic situation and is still getting affected. Initially, the pandemic had forced the educational institutions to limit down their operations that created a huge gap between the expected and actual outcomes with regard to service delivery. But gradually with the help of technology, things seemed to be back right on the track. New innovations, new approaches, new methodologies and faith in the new system – all contributed to create a ‘New Normal’ amid the pandemic situation.
Along with a new change in the system, the ‘New kind of challenges’ are inevitable which come up as a shadow behind the change. The education system too, witnessed the phase where the things were going topsy-turvy. But through innovative skills and a creative and constructive thought process, it was possible to overcome those hurdles and to fabricate a new system. Consequently, the physical classrooms got converted into ‘Online Sessions’; books and notebooks got replaced by ‘E-Notes’; examinations became ‘Open Book Tests’; events and seminars were ousted by ‘Webinars’ and thus, the Traditional Education System turned ‘Virtual’. It was the zeal, enthusiasm and faith of the educators and academicians that resulted in a ‘No Quitting’ approach which kept the learning going on.
In many ways the pandemic has taught us the lessons which otherwise could not have been possible to learn. Now, the education system has a greater responsibility in educating about the role, human beings can play in making this world a better place to live for us and the generations to come. During these tough times, the educators are working hard to devise new methods and strategies to ensure that there are no barriers when it comes to professing the knowledge to the learners. Though it is not a cakewalk, yet the undying spirit and resilience of the educators who are putting their best efforts prove that ‘the show must go on…!’