Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on learning status of student in Nepal
Gautam Prasad Chaudhary1, Ram Bahadur Khadka2, Anjana Lamichhane3, Bhawana Dhakal4, Nikita Das5, Niraj Sing Tharu6, Khimdhoj Karki2, Jitendra Pandey1
1 Department of Pharmacy, Crimson College of Technology, Affiliated to Pokhara University, Devinagar, Butwal, Nepal
2 Department of Laboratory Sciences, Crimson College of Technology, Affiliated to Pokhara University, Devinagar, Butwal, Nepal
3 Department of Health Science, Satvik Nepal, Pokhara, Kaski, Nepal
4 Department of Pharmacy, Kantipur Academy of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal
5 Department of Nursing, Unique Educational Academy, Affiliated to Purbanchal University, Rajbiraj, Saptari, Nepal
6 Faculty of Medicine, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Mr. Jitendra Pandey
Department of Pharmacy, Crimson College of Technology, Pokhara University
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
BACKGROUND: This study was designed to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the learning status of students from different educational boards and universities of Nepal. An online survey was conducted from tenth to twentieth of September 2020 to record the data.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: A self-designed questionnaire link, using “Google form” was sent to the students via social networks. A total of 589 participants shared their complete information. The simple percentage distribution was employed to evaluate the learning status of the students.
RESULTS: During the lockdown period, >70% of the students were engaged in online classes, most commonly by using the Zoom app. The majority of the students were using WIFI as an internet source to attend online classes. Students have been suffering from various problems related to anxiety, stress, economic crises, poor internet connectivity, deprivation of study materials, required e-learning accessories, and an unsuitable study environment. Mainly, students from remote areas and middle income families suffered enormously. Among those participants, who were able to attend the online classes, the majority of students (70%) were dissatisfied with the ongoing online classes. Only 23.3% of the participants suggested the feasibility of online classes in the near future.
CONCLUSION: Our study recommended that training teachers and students about online classes might create effectiveness toward e-learning. The government needs to provide free internet services to the remote areas and the poor students since in the current scenario, huge numbers of the population are struggling with the economic burden.