Pandemic challenges education systems | Sunday Observer

Pandemic challenges education systems

22 November, 2020

Losing jobs and being unemployed has become a heated topic today due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the decline of the economy, many companies all around the world have taken measures to reduce the number of employees, salaries and have paused recruitment to avoid the downfall of the organization.

The pandemic has lit up the topic of ‘Unemployability’ as it was mushrooming in every country, community, and society wildly just like the virus. In unprecedented times like these, we need to rebuild what we have lost despite being trapped by the repercussions of the pandemic.

If we look into the roots of the education systems prevailing around the world, the majority of them are job-oriented. From kindergarten to university education, the mission has been testing the knowledge and memory of a child.

After finishing almost a decade of education, the graduate faces the real struggle of finding employment. The current higher education system focuses on advanced subject areas which support and align with global trends and development. Yet, the pandemic questions and challenges all kinds of education systems that were supposed to strengthen the economy.

Unprecedented crisis

The knowledge-oriented education systems in many countries have failed to produce a skilled and creative young generation which could provide solutions to the unprecedented crises arising in the modern world.

The higher education system of a country is one of the critical factors which decides its future. The higher education systems in many parts of the world are knowledge-based and consist of examinations that check memory. It is also very distressing to know that vast syllabuses are planned to be covered in short semesters to form the next generation of industry workers. In a context such as this, very few could survive, the failures walk out of it, and the ones who fear trying it, remain jobless.

The life skills and the fundamental qualities needed to perform day-to-day tasks are out of the curriculum in educational institutions. As a result of this, most of the educated unemployed people lack basic survival skills.

Except for soft skills and creativity, whatever paper qualification earned as a graduate by studying for several years is utterly useless. It won’t protect you from social situations and the unpredictable conditions popping up each day if not for resilience and novel solutions. The challenging times have altered the economy and the lifestyles of humans.

Third eye

Therefore, a person needs to have a third eye to perceive the new job opportunities in the new norm. The new norm has almost turned most of the professions into virtual ones. Online businesses, online tutoring have become new trends in the professional world.

Since social media platforms and technological facilities are at its peak, the nature of many industries and professions have changed immensely. As a consequence, it is impossible to exist and be recognised in the financial world without adjusting to the new norm.

Considering the current reality, most of the professions have turned and others will turn virtual due to pandemic restrictions and many alternative jobs will appear in the near future which involve less human contact.

Economic experts and the world’s leading businessmen have initiated training sessions and virtual workshops to adjust employees to the technology-driven workplace. With this trend, many virtual programs are being held to train the young generation to enter, involve, and engage in the virtual workplace of today’s world.

The new norm has given us zero comfort but endless opportunities. The pandemic made the world wake up to new challenges, and no one is privileged to walk out of it or ignore it. Since the economy lies in the heart of the virtual world, being a part of it is vital for one’s survival. Therefore, being unemployed is only a matter of choice as technology awaits your acceptance.