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Use of Information Technology in Education During COVID-19

Abhijit Singh

June 07, 2020
Last updated July 15, 2021
KMC Lalitpur

The entire world along with Nepal is facing an unprecedented challenge caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. As of 6th June 2020, there are 3235 confirmed cases and 10 deaths from COVID-19. The Government imposed the lockdown in the country from 24th March 2020. The meeting of the council of ministers held this week extended the lockdown until 14th June 2020. Most of the educational institutions, and many businesses, are closed because of the lockdown.

The lockdown has spared no sector, with the education sector being one of the worst-hit areas. The crisis has interrupted in entire education systems of Nepal, including the students who were preparing for the upcoming SEE and +2 examinations. Developed countries are well prepared for conducting online learning activities to minimize the impact on learning and keep students engaged. Online learning is the primary mode of instruction here in Nepal as well. Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada, the honorable finance minister of Nepal, presenting this fiscal year’s budget stated emphasized providing education through e-learning methods through radio, television, and the internet. 

The internet is full of learning materials that learners can access. It can be a learning resource apart from the classrooms. Curriculum Development Center, Nepal has also released various textbooks and guides online available to help the students at https://moecdc.gov.np/, and many students can take advantage of these available resources.

In the modern world, you don’t have to be in the classroom to learn. Information Technology has enabled students to learn anything from anywhere. 

Universities like Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University, and other educational institutions in Nepal have already started virtual classes. Many local governments are also offering online classes to the students. Similarly, Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality, Saptari has started the teaching-learning program “Pathshala Apne Gharme”  through radio to facilitate learning despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Satish Singh, Mayor of Tilathi Koiladi rural municipality, initiated this program to help students focus on their study and continue the learning process. 

Using Information Technology in education has made it possible for students from all over the country to come together and share their knowledge and experiences. Information technology has also made students develop an appreciation for cultural diversity and create a more tolerant and unified world.

Abhijeet Singh is the IT Officer at Tilathi Koiladi rural municipality, Saptari, Province 02.

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