Do you remember the day the term COVID-19 hit the Kenyan airwaves? What followed next?
I do remember the tension that befalls the country at large. The propagation of information about how easy it’ll spread across the country was terrifying. Then what? Schools were closed immediately and children ordered to stay under the arms of their parents not to risk their lives.
Corona has paralyzed every part of education, leave alone the classroom interactions. With schools closed, it meant no learning would continue not until everything gets back to normal. But then, there are some universities that claim to be using online teaching and learning, I wonder how this works because even in a classroom there are those who still get nothing.
The state of education is at a standstill and that means nothing is going on, and if there is, it means there is no face to face interaction. Learning takes place at an environment good enough for the tutor to reach on the students, while this is a vital part of education, online teaching seems to brush it out.
Still, some students don’t mind ignoring online classes, which means more are missing on some key things they need in learning.
Secondly, the school calendars are largely affected by this beast dispersing people. School calendars usually follow a certain pattern and routing that if tempered with the whole system gets into confusion. In Kenya, exams for the final years in primary schools and secondary schools were to be administered later this year. However, that cannot happen since the nation doesn’t know when the pandemic will end, and if it does end today the exams will still have to wait until next year.
Education, being a key contributer to the economy of a country will always and must always be taken care of. There must be a flow of graduates into the job market. This means that the glow that had to get out this year will have to wait further. The situation is as rampant as it looks right now. Corona has paused education.
The delay and pause in the education system might mean a need to change the calendar and maybe the curriculum, which is expensive to a country like Kenya. This is the outcome of a disease no one understands why it walks around this one.