India’s COVID-19 Crisis: Its Impact On International Education
While several countries have somehow managed to contain the spread of coronavirus, India suffers from a continual daily increase in cases of the infected. In the last month, India continues to release devastating updates on the effect of COVID-19 on its citizens. We sympathize with people in India consoling them of the grievous experiences they face at these trying times. Amidst this confusion, we’re somewhat interested in the impact of international education during this crisis.
An Overview With Online offer Letter
We first extend our gratitude to Online offer Letter’s team members currently in India offering their sacrificial service to providing quality updates on the situation. The international student market should certainly have concerns about the current coronavirus occurrence in India. Statistics prove continuously that India holds a large share in the general international student market. Yes, educational partners across the globe would worry about its impact on international education. A recent publication shares a breakdown of various key and sensitive topics surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and response. We’d highlight these topics which include governmental responses to coronavirus, various policy shifts – and, of course, the effects of these policies on international education. As a plus, we’d also offer some insights on what colleges and institutions should do to stay prepared ahead of the new COVID reality that’s come upon the education system.
Key Insights At One Glance
Today, we witness how the continuous pandemic disaster in India results in the postponement of secondary school exams. This recent development would definitely cause a setback to the educational improvement of young lads in that part of Asia. Like that wasn’t enough damage to international education; the mandatory closure of all IELTS exam centers in India would cause irregularities in this year’s college applications leading. That’s how bad things have gotten in the past month.
As it stands, universities and colleges might have to start including preparatory measures in place to offer hybrid learning curricula during fall. The program should be designed specifically for international students studying remotely in India to have access to post-study work opportunities abroad. Educational initiatives like Canada’s PGWP would serve as the best post-study work choice for students in India facing the current COVID-19 crisis.
Also, it’d be helpful if colleges and universities could include flexibility in their refund and deferral policies. When these policies are flexible enough, they enable students to accept study offers with the guarantee of a refund should things go south. Especially with the current Indian coronavirus crisis, students from India would expect institutions to have their refund and deferral policies flexible enough to entertain their college decisions.
The Situation In India
From May 1, 2021, the government of India approved the eligibility of vaccination for all adults residing in the country. This seemed like good news at the time since a large percentage of India’s citizens would be vaccinated. However, the shocking news broke out when it became public that the country faced a severe vaccine shortage. One would expect that India; the world’s largest coronavirus-producing country could never experience a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines.
Meanwhile, reality struck the entire country as the government immediately pause the exportation of India’s Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to contain domestic spikes. When the vaccine shortage became clear to other countries, the United States volunteered to provide support of the raw materials needed for the mass production of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to India. The aid provided by the US should bolster the production of India’s vaccine to fill up the scarcity and shortages.
The education system in the country isn’t left out as India’s Central Board of Secondary School Education (CBSE) issued a circular canceling the Class 10 board exam. The board was considerate enough to postpone the Class 12 exam till further notice hereby dismissing the scheduled date originally planned for May 4. CBSE recently announced that adequate preparations would be set in place to make the class 12 board exam’s date fixed by early June.
However, the class 12 board exam might just be canceled with the redundant progress of things in India. It, therefore, seems as though the educational system would have to bank on the scores from mid-term assessments, unit tests, and other in-year exams for grading this academic year. Class 10 already has this grading system in place; it shouldn’t be impossible to include Class 12 also. The closures of all IELTS centers in India are the reason why enrollments dropped in April and May. The Global Response
India continues to receive overwhelming support and arms from various countries while its borders remain closed to limit international travel. Canada has issued a temporary ban on incoming flights from India between late April and May 22, 2021. Meanwhile, Air Canada extends its ban on departing flights to India to June 22. Following the bans, Ontario Premier Doug Ford reached out to the Canadian government requesting the suspension of the arrival of all foreign students from India.
Canadian Prime Minister immediately issued a statement neglecting the complete ban of foreign students. However, Justin Trudeau promised to work with international students without jeopardizing the safety of Ontario citizens. The Canadian government also promised to provide solutions in place to guarantee there are no new variants from importation cases. With the current COVID-19 crisis in India, lots of students would look forward to studying abroad more in the coming years.
It may seem impossible at the moment with various travel restrictions, IELTS office closures, and a few other factors. But the students wouldn’t stop aiming to attend the best schools abroad for their college education. Colleges and institutions should, however, start putting measures in place to accommodate more online international students. With the flexibility offered on refund and deferral policies, students can make their college choices of study without pressure.
We did believe we’ve experienced a level of a significant breakthrough with COVID-19. But the ongoing Indian crisis shows just how much unity comes to play in fighting this pandemic outbreak. Concerning international education, institutions need to show more empathy to foreign students in various parts of the world. The numerous setbacks in the educational system in various continents are enough reason for colleges and universities to be considerate with their educational policies.