The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly caused a large disruption in all educational systems worldwide. Nations were forced to quickly adapt to the extreme changes brought by the virus. Naturally, not everyone has the same adaptive capabilities to adjust to the harsh and rigorous demands of online learning. While most countries have implemented online classes to aid students with their educational needs, a vital problem remains unsolved as technological inadequacies continue to widen educational inequalities.
The ongoing pandemic has ensued that most public educational institutions remain closed. As such, most of these institutions have shifted to promote education virtually via online classes. Zoom classes and online materials have now replaced what were once classrooms and books. While it is no secret that first world countries would generally tend to have the means for online education, lower-income countries are left in the dust as they are more likely to be denied education due to the lack of internet and technological access. As education remains integral in securing a job as it promotes health and income, parts of society who are devoid of educational opportunities now face setbacks greater than ever before.
To address this problem, most institutions now conduct asynchronous learning in all levels of education. It offers flexibility and accessibility to students as these lessons act like a pre-recorded session that can be accomplished at the student’s own pace. This is essential to many parts of society who have insufficient access to a stable internet connection. While there are some trade offs in the process such as the interaction between other students and their teachers, it manages to provide opportunities even for the less privileged. However, the problem of providing education to those who have no access to both technology and the internet still persists.
As we continue to transition to the new normal, it is imperative that the less privileged do not get left behind. Everyone is entitled to an education. If online education is to become centralized in the decades to come, years after the pandemic has passed, it should be inclusive to everyone and not only to those who can afford it.
Date posted: October 12, 2020