In 2019, the global pandemic took the world by surprise, causing widespread disruptions. Economies crumbled, hunger soared, and isolation took a toll on mental health. Education, a crucial aspect of life, also faced significant challenges.

Lockdowns led to prolonged closures of educational institutions, prompting a shift to online classes in developed countries. However, this transition was not as smooth in underdeveloped and developing nations, where a lack of literacy and technological access hindered effective learning.

Pakistan, for instance, witnessed students advancing to higher classes without exams. This led to a lack of motivation, as students knew they would progress regardless of their efforts. Notably, this affected students preparing for university exams, impacting their future academic performance. The shift to online learning also revealed a disconnect, with schools relying on WhatsApp for communication rather than providing comprehensive in-class explanations.

To address these challenges, decisive actions are necessary. Without intervention, the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on education could be profound.

Umama Rajput

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