On 23 March 2020, Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) released a statement announcing the cancellation of Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge O Level, Cambridge International AS & A Level, Cambridge AICE Diploma, and Cambridge Pre-U examinations for the May/June 2020 series across all countries. International Baccalaureate exams have also been cancelled. In addition, Advanced Placement Exams, SAT administrations, and ACT administrations have been moved online and cancelled.
The deadly unimagined, unheard virus rolled out through out the community, where we saw significant and ongoing person-to-person spread in multiple countries around the world at the same time, hence PANDEMIC.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion learners in more than 190 countries and all continents. Closures of schools and other learn- ing spaces have impacted 94 per cent of the world’s student population, up to 99 per cent in low and lower-middle income countries.
The crisis is exacerbating pre-existing education disparities by reducing the opportunities
for many of the most vulnerable children, youth, and adults – those living in poor or rural areas, girls, refugees, persons with disabilities and forcibly displaced persons – to continue their learning. Learning losses also threaten to extend beyond this generation and erase decades of progress, not least in support of girls and young women’s educational access and retention.
On the other hand, this crisis has stimulated innovation within the education sector.
We have seen innovative approaches in support of education and training continuity: from radio and television to take home packages.
Distance learning solutions were developed thanks to quick responses by governments and partners all over the world supporting education continuity, including the Global Education Coalition covened by UNESCO.
We have also been reminded of the essential role of teachers and that governments and other key partners have an ongoing duty of care to education personnel.
While we keep listing about the setbacks that covid offered and challenges all institutions had to face, let us in the next post discuss about the “ Future of Learning”
Let’s wait for,
Future of Learning
BGSIAS is founded with the blessings of His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Balagangadaranatha Swamiji of Adhichunchanagiri math, who over the past has strived hard to promote educational institutions of international stature.