Impact of school closure on students during Covid lockdown 16 may 2021

Impact of school closure on students during lockdown covid

  • The 2019 coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and the social distancing actions implemented by many countries have disrupted everyday life.
  • According to UNESCO (United Nations, educational, Scientific and cultural organization), More than 90% of enrolled students (1.5 billion young people) worldwide are already uneducated.
  • The global rate and current rate of dropout is unmatched.
  • For children and adolescents with mental health problems, such closure means a lack of access to the resources they normally have at school.
  • They don’t have access to psychological support.
  • Affiliate support groups and personal services have been discontinued, and telephone or online support can be a challenge for some young people.
  • School practice is an important mechanism for dealing with young people with mental health problems.
  • When schools close, they lose anchors in life and symptoms can recur.
  • Before the pandemic, it was a struggle for some children with depression to go to school, but at least they had a school routine.
  • Now that schools are closed, some are locked in their rooms for weeks, refusing to shower, eat, or leave their beds. Some children with depression will have significant difficulty returning to normal life when school returns records.
  • Children with special educational needs, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, are also at risk.
  • They can become frustrated and explode when their daily routine is interrupted.
  • Parents are advised to create a schedule for their children to help reduce anxiety due to insecurity.
  • When leaving speech therapy and social skills group sessions, be aware that stopping therapy can stop development and children with special needs may miss opportunities to develop basic skills.
  • During this time, creative avenues such as online language and social skills training are needed to make up for these losses.
  • Many countries postpone or cancel university entrance exams. In many countries and states, authorities decided at the last minute to cancel examinations, which were scheduled on coming days.
  • According to the one survey conducted by Student Advisory Group globally in March 2020, more than 20% of the 757 candidates surveyed said their stress level was a maximum of 10 out of 10 even before the postponement was announced.
  • Many candidates suffered from anorexia and insomnia and was unsure whether his exams could be postponed any further.
  • Candidates had a huge wave of fear that they could pass on the virus and not take the test that way.
  • Staying healthy was another stress for them.
  • Meanwhile, students are stressed due to the evacuation of the dormitory and the cancellation of expected events such as study exchanges and graduation ceremonies. Some students lost part-time jobs when local businesses closed.
  • Over the past few years, students have been concerned about the job market they will enter.
  • Students are more vulnerable than anyone can think, especially given the current academic and financial burdens.
  • Social distancing can lead to social isolation in violent homes, and harassment is likely to increase during these times of economic insecurity and stress.
  • Incident of domestic violence increased three to four fold during epidemic resulting into child abuse, neglect and exploitation, just like as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa from 2014 to 2016
  • However, little is known about the long-term psychological effects of large-scale disease outbreaks in children and adolescents.
  • Although there are few studies on the psychological effects of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) on patients and healthcare professionals, little is known about its effects on ordinary citizens. Indication is very rare in children and adolescents.
  • This is an important research gap. COVID-19 was more common worldwide than SARS and other epidemics.
  • As the pandemic continues, it is important to support children and young people who face the disadvantages and problems associated with unemployment as parents or loss of household income.
  • There is also a need to monitor the mental health of youth in the long term and to study how persistent school closings, strict social distancing policies and the pandemic itself affect the well-being of children and youth.

Originally published at https://nirajhealth.com on May 16, 2021.

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