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Delivering education weakens amidst the COVID 19 pandemic in Kathmandu and Nationwide

1:42 am, June 19, 2021

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Prajwal Badalhttps://informnepal.com
Prajwal Badal the editor of Inform Nepal. He is also a researcher, community development worker, and advocate.

The 2nd wave of COVID 19 has once again compelled us to stay home in this nationwide imposed travel restrictions. It has caused a huge disruption in almost every sector including education. The government has closed all schools and colleges to limit the transfer of COVID 19. The Ministry of Education has focused on remote learning. However, in the context of Nepal, online/remote learning is not yet feasible across many rural and semi-urban settings. The school administration in many parts of the country has not been able to convey education to all of its students. The students only in few urban places can get in touch with the school administration through virtual learning apps like Zoom, Teams or Google Meet. Still, the less privileged ones in rural and sub-urban places are struggling to connect with their teachers. The internet is not yet available in many geographically diverse places of Nepal. This has significantly caused the studying habits of students to declutter in recent time. Most of them are only indulging themselves in household chores with no or very little ideas about their ongoing education. Even the nationwide examination is not being held at the scheduled time. This has posed a huge hindrance in teaching-learning activities. 

Even in many urban places, the online way of learning is not effective for all students. Face to face interaction, mobility, presentation, social engagement, physical activities and games which are equally important part of the learning process which seems to be ignored in remote learning.  It is more urgent now than ever to realize the negative effects in education that has come along with COVID 19. Different levels of government, school administration and guardian should focus on maximizing the learning activities or else the effect remains for many years to come. 

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