Three ways Covid-19 could impact post-secondary students
The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted everyone, including students. Indeed, post-secondary Canadian students had to complete the winter semester online and graduates were robbed of their final semester, graduation ceremonies and many more celebrations. However, with this situation still ongoing, universities and CEGEPS announced that most of the fall 2020 classes will be held remotely. How could this impact post-secondary students?
1. Many students will most likely drop out for the year
According to a survey, a third of post-secondary students are thinking about dropping out of their program or deferring for a year due to the pandemic’s effect on the education. According to Adam Dube, McGill’s director of technology and learning, getting accepted to a program will most likely be tougher once the pandemic is over because there will be a higher number of applicants.
2. First year students won’t experience university to the fullest
Higher education is not only about what you learn in the classroom, it’s also about what you learn around the campus. The in-person college experience plays an important factor. According to Brian Tierney, CEO of Brian Communications, walking around the campus, being involved in the school paper or other clubs/activities is an important part of the college experience. First year students won’t be able to experience those in-person activities.
3. Students with learning disabilities will have a harder time
The concept of online school can be challenging for students who have learning difficulties, especially students who have Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Schools will have to find solutions to make sure those students will be able to succeed.