The outbreak of COVID-19 is one of the factors that affected the education sector in one way or the other, particularly on the matters pertaining to physical classes where a number of students were forced to follow up classes online.
Meanwhile, some universities and high schools continued supporting their student’s studies by changing physical classes to e-learning.
However, one of the limitations of e-learning was the lack of personal interaction between students and teachers.
Some students in remote areas were not able to access the internet, others from high schools and even universities had no smartphones or laptops and as result, some students could not be able to catch up with their expected learning targets.
Yet at the time when the physical classes have resumed a question is. How is post-pandemic education faring?
Sylvain Bazambanza a teacher at GS Buye in Southern Province said that the pandemic has changed many things in the education sector.
He says distance learning was a complete disaster for some teachers until they pave way for innovation and invention of new ways of teaching and developing new curricula.
“We always had to find a way of solving problems in different situations in order to serve our students,” he said.
Whilst Ally Murakoze, a teacher at Excella High School says after Covid-19 and resuming of the schools, academic life is undergoing different changes.
He says Covid-19 pushed some teachers out of the profession.
“Some teachers have left teaching and started businesses because they were surprised by the life they went through during serious Covid-19 measures including lockdowns and school closures,” he says.
He adds, that the number of dropouts increased and some students started looking for money to survive.
“Some girls got early pregnancies and left school, the one of a major problem that hinders education sector,” he adds. “Apart from that, the education system has got a positive change starting from a number of schools using ICT in their daily activities as a result of what they experienced during a lockdown.”
“All things came back to normal, life goes on and there is hope that what people experienced during Covid-19 left a lesson, new teachers are getting used to teaching, learners are enjoying ICT in schools got new classrooms”
Maryam Adam Shuaibu a student at Mount Kenya University say “learning via online helped her realize importance of face-to-face classes which offers collaboration among students themselves.