The covid-19 pandemic has affected the world education system inevitably apart from the economic disbalance that it created globally. To manage the disturbance created in the education system, Africa is eyeing a makeover of the education policy so that the children do not have to bear the burden of the pandemic-generated loss in their education. In a bid to bring the reform, the African government is bringing innovating ideas and also contributing to the education sectors incessantly.
Major priority to the innovation in education
The global pandemic has pushed the world to such an extent that the topic of innovation in the system of education has become much crucial. Many developed countries have moved their classes online while Africa due to its lack of infrastructure and also because of poverty, was lagging. Even there are significant disparities in the education system. Africa struggles enormously in the education system with a lack of resources and support. The African youth who are beaming with the innovative tech ideas is the mother of innovation. And now it is the time to ensure that post Covid-19 Africa is transformed.
“Leapfrogging” in the education system
“Leapfrogging” policy aim to resource more marginalized education in access to the interactive learning content and improved administrative capabilities. More and more data and data-driven tools are emerging in Africa as a central feature of this digital response. Developers of this technology promise a new level of automation that mimics human intelligence. In fact, in Africa, many have put their faith in “leapfrogging” by jumping straight to mobile phones.
Remote learning to mitigate the loss of learning
Many countries have turned to distance learning as a means of mitigating for the lost time in school. It is uncertain that when the schools will reopen, so attention must be given to the remote learning by pre-recorded content. As more countries close schools, more creativity will be needed. So, African governments need to invest in free education and also high-quality online education for all Africans. For instance, adapting the existing platforms for the use of smartphones to eliminate the cost of accessing material from the Ministry of Education site could also be a part of the mitigation efforts.
The Policy times suggestion
- The Indian government must also allow the schools and colleges to reopen now, from the next academic year as almost all sectors are now open except the educational institutions. There must be strict covid protocols that must be implemented in the institutions after they reopen.
- Our government must also emphasize the fact that many poor and average earning families cannot afford the educational expenses of their children after the pandemic created the economic jolt. Thus they must introduce policies that would benefit these students to start their education again.