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The Latest News on Coronavirus and Higher Education

Coronavirus is a big blow to the world because it affects every part of humanity. How it diverged from China at the speed of light to every aspect of the world was record-breaking compared to other pandemics that have hit the world before it. It affected the economy of countries, considerably reduced social interactions, and slowed down educational systems. The pandemic disrupts higher education learning across the country, with most institutions canceling in-person classes and moving to online tutorials.

Apart from canceling classes within campuses, the coronavirus has also disrupted the admission process of colleges and universities and also altered the academic calendar of higher institutions. This may lead to the loss of an academic year as the pandemic ravages the world.

Challenges and Solutions

Online-Only Instruction

A school is a place where many students gather to receive formal instruction. The Coronavirus is highly transmissible, and a school is a place not just for learning but also for social contact. If in-person classes are held, it will increase the speed at which the virus would be spread within the school, which could be fatal. To avoid transmission among students, legislators have become preemptive of the situation by introducing online-only instructions. This will curb transmission and also protect the lives of students.

Even though solutions for continuous learning during the Coronavirus pandemic have been proffered, many students could not get access to the online classes, which means many students will be left out. Aside from that, another complication and drawback to online learning are the issues that could arise with network connections.

In-Person Instruction with Strict Guidelines

Because of the coronavirus, colleges and universities have been shut down. Plans to reopen have been considered, but for in-person instruction to occur within colleges and universities, health guidelines must be put in place to curb transmission.

Following the guidelines set by health institutions and WHO, many colleges and universities are preparing for in-person lectures with sufficient social distancing within the classes and campuses and with other health guidelines like wearing face masks and washing hands under running water for at least 20 seconds. Despite these guidelines, there are fears that these guidelines will not be followed effectively, which will further increase the transmission of the virus.

Financial Challenge

Many institutions have economic challenges, especially schools that are run by government allocation. Fumigation and decontamination is a prerequisite for the reopening of colleges and universities. With the teaching staff association of universities agitating and breathing threats to go on strike if the government doesn’t meet their demands, the government is saddled with a more difficult responsibility of providing the funds required to carry out all the necessary Coronavirus observations.

The fact that there’s no known cure for the Coronavirus yet is a challenge that must not be taken for granted. If schools must resume, then they’d best be done online because the chances that the rules and regulations will be followed is very low.