The Corona epidemic has changed the course of global life. Corona epidemic has left a huge impression on almost all sectors including economy, education, health sector. The developed countries of the world are struggling in this crisis. There is a bigger challenge for the underdeveloped or developing countries of the third world. In the last one decade, Bangladesh has made great strides in economic development, but the progress of development has been hampered due to Corona. Despite the goodwill of the government due to the huge population, the challenge is getting bigger day by day. The situation in the education sector is the most chaotic. There are many levels of direct and indirect damage. According to UNICEF, educational institutions in 13 other countries, except Bangladesh, have been closed since March 2020. But Bangladesh is the only one in South Asia, Where educational institutions have been continuously closed for more than a year. Educational institutions have been closed continuously for about 14 months since March 2020. And this has created a kind of uncertainty about the future of the students. Parents are suffering in crisis. Many kindergarten schools have closed. Many teachers have been forced to change their profession. Not only that, due to the closure of educational institutions, examination jams have been created in SSC and HSC and session jams have been created in higher education. Apart from this, giving auto promotion in different classes of lower secondary, secondary and higher secondary has caused huge loss to the students. Although the government has introduced online education as an alternative method to continue education activities, the participation of all is not noticeable. Smartphones suitable for children’s online classes in most families, Can’t afford to buy a laptop or the necessary devices. In addition, the slow speed and high cost of the Internet is one of the reasons behind the failure of these activities. Besides, most of our teachers are not familiar with this system. As a result, online education activities like in the developed world are not working successfully here.
During the Corona period, the government was in a dilemma with the education sector. There are about four crore students in the total population of Bangladesh from primary level to university level. In order to keep the future of the students and the education sector active, several initiatives were taken to open educational institutions. But then again, the government had to step back, thinking of the spread of corona and the safety of students’ lives. As a result, all kinds of educational activities have been closed for 14 consecutive months. And this issue has worried the general public and students. Last May 26, the Minister of Education. Dipu Moni says, The leave of the educational institution has been extended till June 12. From June 13, all secondary and higher secondary level educational institutions will be opened. All our preparations have been made. If new abnormal situation is not created again, teaching activities will be started in the physical presence of the students from that day. The Education Minister mentioned that if the educational institution is opened on June 13, priority will be given to the 2021 batch of SSC and HSC candidates. They have to come to class six days a week. Those who are SSC and HSC candidates in 2022 may also be brought to the class at the same time. For other classes, classes may be held one day a week. On the other hand, the Minister’s comment on the opening of the university, The government is trying to bring residential students under the corona vaccine first. However, whether the educational institution is open or not depends on the overall situation in the country. Therefore, analysts think that efforts should be made to adapt to this new normal. In the Corona situation, the government has from the outset taken timely decisions such as online classes and teaching on state TV. But in order to make online classes effective and fruitful, first of all we have to build infrastructural facilities. Students do not have the necessary smartphones, computers or laptops and devices to participate in online classes. However, according to the Bangladesh University Grants Commission, more than 60 percent of students have a mobile phone suitable for participating in online classes প্রয়োজন a matter that needs to be analyzed. You don’t have to have the device again, High speed internet services like online video streaming classes are vital. It is really difficult to run such a service without the necessary Wi-Fi and broadband technical connection. And the price of mobile internet is also in line with the amount of data used for online classes. One study found that 72 percent of Internet users use mobile data, 36 percent use Wi-Fi or broadband, and 2 percent use portable modems. But students have to get a lot of speed to get internet connection through mobile data. On the other hand, it is difficult to get internet service without mobile data in remote rural areas. In addition, the speed of the Internet outside the city is quite slow, Even if you get audio connection in the field, it is difficult to get connection in video. At the same time, there is a lack of continuity in getting uninterrupted power supply without load shedding. So the disconnection of internet connection has become an obstacle in the case of online classes. With these issues in mind, the government should not do so or formulate an outline of the epidemic education system. The outline will be based on the government’s experience during the 14 months of the Corona. In this way, it is possible to keep the normal activities of the education system running in a special system in case of emergency.
Besides, post-Corona education system should also be planned from now on. Corona’s day will end one day or another. Vaccines have brought normalcy back to normal in many parts of the world. Bangladesh started the vaccine journey with the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Seram Institute of India. After the situation in India took a terrible turn, uncertainty was created about the second lot vaccine. Since then, the government has taken the initiative to buy vaccines from China. The vaccine will reach the country soon. Pfizer’s vaccine has also been approved for emergency use. As a result, like developed countries, we will also succeed in vaccination. Our closed educational institutions will come alive again. Every campus will become teacher-student oriented.
Here is a topic to discuss. In terms of Corona’s experience, what will the next Corona education system look like? The education curriculum needs to be created in tune with the realistic, action-oriented modern world. In addition to skill-based curriculum, various practical activities also need to be included in the curriculum. Courses should be brought under the curriculum considering online income or global context. Students need to make their textbooks more up-to-date and comprehensive. As well as to deal with any situation over time, students need to become proficient in the twenty-first century. At the same time psychological education is very important for the students to be mentally strong and self-confident.
The government has undoubtedly shown wisdom in closing down educational institutions. In such a risky and worrying situation, the school-college journey of the students is quite risky. If the educational institution is opened and the coronavirus infection increases, who will take the responsibility? So let’s work as a supportive force of the government to build a modern education system for the students and the future of Bangladesh without any argument or hesitation.