The impact on postgraduate education inland
Despite the increasing interest in studying abroad, the poor management of the Covid-19 pandemic in many countries has made some families look at the prospect of overseas studies for their children more critically now. Accompanied by the pressures for adequate jobs mentioned above, the prospective graduates might prefer to take postgraduate admission examination, increasing pressure on domestic graduate admissions. The number of participants in the postgraduate entrance has exceeded 3.41 million in 2020 8. The epidemic will undoubtedly make the situation worse next year.
Apart from the students, the Ministry of Education and the colleges are under great pressure as they plan for the organization of examinations for the postgraduates, the written tests that have to be administered to such large numbers of students, and little experience with online testing methods. The biggest challenge is going to be how to alleviate the unemployment problem for the educated youth and restore faith in the Chinese economy.
Although the epidemic in China seems to have subsided, its impact on education is irreversible. Students will have to face delays in graduation and the market demand for educated youth is in decline. Earlier certainties about where to study and when to enter the job market have disappeared. Teachers and students need to adapt to a new teaching mode as there is no certainty about the trajectory of this virus or when new kinds of diseases may disrupt established patterns in education. Clearly, the schools need to embark on new plans for the next year. The severity of this epidemic has also revealed the shortcomings of the current educational institutions. For example, despite the booming development of the Internet, only few teaching institutions including schools and universities had cultivated the abilities to incorporate online teaching and learning in their curricula. Shortages of apps or software and skyrocketing unmet demands for these resulted in significant disruptions in teaching activities. Tragically, the situation led to the closure of some reputed offline education companies. In the future, educational institutions need to keep abreast of new technologies in teaching and be prepared for the kind of disasters that put the future of education in jeopardy. Yet there are new opportunities to rethink how the growth of online educational platforms might be productively used in preparing for this uncertain future.
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Cite As: Xiao, Chunchen and Yi Li. 2020. “Analysis on the Influence of Epidemic on Education in China.” In “Covid-19 and Student Focused Concerns: Threats and Possibilities,” Veena Das and Naveeda Khan, eds., American Ethnologist website, May 1 2020, [https://americanethnologist.org/features/collections/covid-19-and-student-focused-concerns-threats-and-possibilities/analysis-on-the-influence-of-epidemic-on-education-in-china]
Chunchen Xiao is the Academic Director at Harbour Education. email@example.com
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