The Covid-19 pandemic had a major effect on student learning process, causing children to fall behind in areas like math and languages. In low-income countries, students from underprivileged backgrounds were severely harmed by the outbreak, which increased the already-existing inequities in terms of opportunities and achievements. Pranav Gupta Ashoka University Founder asserts, “Education policy cannot run as usual as it did before Covid-19 pandemic. Students who had their schools closed because of the pandemic missed out on in-person learning and also lost the knowledge they had acquired the year before.
The consequences of the pandemic pose a danger to this generation's aspirations and possibilities far into adulthood. The knock-on consequences can make it more difficult for them to enroll in colleges and move ahead in career. Proper actions are needed to rectify the issue of incomplete learning.”
A study conducted by Azim Premji University in 2021 exposed the degree and kind of 'forgetting/ regression' type of learning loss among students in public schools throughout elementary classes as a result of school shutdown during the Covid-19 pandemic. The data revealed that on an average, 92% of kids had lost at least one particular language skill and 82% of kids on average had lost at least one particular mathematic skill from the previous year. This puts the students' future prospects at jeopardy owing to a lack of foundational abilities.
“The world is not the same anymore as it was during pre-Covid times. People are beginning to understand that we cannot continue as before in a post-pandemic environment. National Education Policy (NEP), 2020 and the National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy (NIPUN Bharat), launched by the education ministry, emphasizes on the magnitude of the situation as they give top priority on foundational education. It is necessary to concentrate on learning restoration and development, especially those children from disadvantaged households. But we must be mindful of their psychological and social needs in order to help them,” shares Pranav Gupta, Ashoka University’s Founder.
India has initiated policies and is making attempts to create a systematic approach to the educational system. A multidisciplinary approach, centralized test system, robust set of teaching and learning aids, and teacher support mechanisms, all of which are required to guarantee that all students gather a shared understanding of clearly defined learning goals. Since its foundation, Ashoka University and Plaksha University have supported an interdisciplinary approach and an environment in which students may thrive.
Ashoka University dynamically adjusts its curriculum to stay up with the swiftly changing environment and consistently introduces new courses to give prospective students a wide range of cutting-edge career routes to select from. The mission of Plaksha University is to enhance the educational opportunities for its students and to better train them for long term. The ability to do research is an essential part of the educational process, and at Ashoka and Plaksha Universities, the students are provided with the best possible resources to pursue their research. The founders believe that learning is more enjoyable and engaging if it can help students become more operationally proficient. “It is imperative that new institutions model themselves after Ashoka University, which has been employing a well-rounded approach.
At Plaksha, we strive to provide kids the abilities to establish a strong foundation for themselves. It is necessary to offer a holistic learning environment and promote active participation in classrooms. It can provide students with opportunities to find employment in a range of fields. The new education policies offer many proposed changes, however it will take some time for these to be implemented successfully. The implementation will happen in stages and gradually while handling any kind of challenge that may occur,” highlights Pranav Gupta Ashoka University and Plaksha University Founder.
New institutions are needed to meet the needs of the present workforce, while those that already exist must be suitably resourced. These consist of resources for students like booklets and detailed instructional strategies for teachers, as well as proper coaching and assistance. Governments at different levels, educators, and parents all resorted to educational technology to help students continue their education while schools were closed due to the pandemic.
Educational technology has the ability to improve results if the students are motivated to progress at their own rate. To assure that digital learning has a wider reach in the future, it is necessary to close the nation's technological deficit. Technology has an immense potential to be used in education, from the establishment of digital backbone to the creation of an academic bank of credits. Technology can mould higher education in a way that promotes the workforce to be skilled and effective.
“High-stakes assessments shouldn't be used to grade students or assess instructor performance. Instead, they should be used to adjust teaching strategies for better results. We can benefit from the population dividend for many years to come if developing nations like India and others pursue greater educational performance. It is vital to re-engage students in productive learning environments, to support students in regaining incomplete knowledge and larger needs, and renew our commitment and vision for the success of education system for the long run,” states Pranav Gupta Ashoka University Founder.