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85% university students in India faced learning loss during Covid: Survey

Universities and students really feel that Covid-19 has led to a learning loss for students. Deep-dive analysis exhibits that such loss stems from 5 primary sources: the digital divide, gradual governance at authorities establishments, pre-existing capability deficits, longer lockdowns than most nations, and weak on-line instructing/learning content material.

According to the ‘Covid-19 Learning Loss in Higher Education’ survey by TeamLease, students’ estimated loss of learning is between 40-60 per cent, university leaders state that the loss has been 30-40 per cent. However, this learning loss is twice the estimated learning loss in G7 nations. More painfully, the survey finds that it could take 3 years to restore this hole.

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In a comparability between India and G7 nations reminiscent of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States, India has an estimated learning loss of 40-60 per cent whereas different nations vary from 9.84 per cent (France) to 31.16 per cent (Italy).

“India has 35 million out of the world’s 222 million university students. Learning is a perennial pandemic for many Indian learners but COVID has been catastrophic because of our many pre-existing challenges.”, stated Shantanu Rooj, CEO of Teamlease Edtech.

The survey additionally discovered 10 steps to scale back this learning loss. First, the learning loss have to be blunted by instantly permitting all universities and schools to open with essential precautions. Second, all universities have to be instantly and robotically licensed for on-line learning. Third, Digital India have to be accelerated to blunt the digital divide among the many poor, rural areas, and deprived communities.

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Fourth, the upper training sector have to be financially supported by authorities funds and banks (like healthcare has been) for a one-time COVID pushed capital expenditure in digital infrastructure, coaching, and transition. Fifth, the implementation of the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP) have to be accelerated from 15 years to 5 years. This will speed up digitisation, erase regulatory boundaries between employability and training, and speed up innovation in increased training.

“The immediate policy response should be opening all universities for physical learning and the most impactful response is bringing forward the 15-year implementation timetable for the New Education Policy (NEP) to 5 years. The university system is in shock and accelerating the timetable will bring innovation, financing, and diversity to overcome the challenges for teachers and students,” added Rooj.

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