It has been a great surprise to the nations of the earth as CONVID-19 sweeps all the length and breadth of the world. Despite the current levels of technology and inventions we are seeing so far, Coronavirus which in fact may not even be classified as a living thing has shown us that, there is a lot for us all to learn and think about. All sectors of the nations of the world are affected including education and Ghana cannot be left out.
In all these current circumstances, we need to think ahead after the pandemic. One of such numerous areas of concern to me is the educational sector.
Starting from tertiary education level, already most students depend on students loans to pay their fees and feed on it. Unfortunately for most of such students, 2019/2020 academic loan has not been paid base on reasons best known to the leaders.
Others who are fortunate to have parents to pay their fees and accommodation depending on the pity works they engage in and which has encountered greater losses as a result of lockdown and its associated measures to combat the pandemic.
Now, in the coming academic year how do parents pay fees, rent hostels, buy books for their wards to go to school?
Admissions are also around the corner, how will parents secure admissions and monies to see their wards to school? It means after CONVID-19 if care is not taking students can’t continue their course at the universities and those who may gain admissions, will not be able to be enrolled as a result of the inability to pay their fees.
Universities should, therefore, expect fewer numbers of enrollment this year if measures are not put in place to handle this.
The government should see to it that, universities will reduce fees or adapt flexible means of fees payments. Probably the government can also give some allowances to assist students in these hard times.
Another area of great concern is the private Schools whose main source of income is the fees paid by parents. if the government doesn’t support them, most private schools will not come back to life.
After Convid-19 parents may not be able to pay school fees for their which in turns will not enable proprietors/proprietress to pay their workers. From the financial issues discussed above, it is clear that parents cannot pay fees after CONVID-19.
To ensure that their business stays, provisions must be made to provide their teachers with some allowances to keep them surviving.
Finally, the academic calendar for our Schools must be handled with care not to create a gap of knowledge. NOW some universities are writing exams online on courses they didn’t complete and I think questions will be set on the areas treated so what about what was not treated?
Gaps in knowledge is dangerous and care must be taken seriously to deal with this.
The ministry of education and Ghana Education Service should employ pragmatic measures and not that of e-learning claims earlier.
The e-learning has a lot of problems which are beyond the control of the very institutions created for. Poor network in the country, poverty on part of students which prevents them from affording smartphones, and practically oriented courses which are really difficult to be handled online. For the e-learning to be effective, serious problems must be attended to by the government and the ministry of education.