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It’s paramount to note that education is literally the shedding of light on darkness in the mind’s eye of every individual. Through education, the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains of learners are groomed to have a meaningful impact in their future endeavours. The issue of schooling being paused as a result of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic has really affected all and sundry, and, on a global scale! Unfortunately, instead of some parents helping their kids out academically whilst they’re home, they have shirked that responsibility. Below are some repercussions of parents not helping their kids to study whilst at home (or away from school).

Firstly, many students will go back to a null and void state of mind. When school resumes, most students’ already acquired knowledge would have been lost halfway if not completely. This will make recapturing of all ideas of already learnt stuff very difficult if not impossible. This puts unnecessary pressure on teachers’ work.

Secondly, lost of appetite or interest in education as a whole. Admittedly, the more one refuses to read or learn, the more the person rusts (mentally). Reading wildly is an opportunity to enrich oneself with most happening around him or her and how to best get equipped with any tangible life tenets. As the learners stay home for a very long time without parents getting bothered in assisting their wards to learn, the interest in learning itself may be lost completely. This in itself might go a long way to affect the actual love some of the kids have already developed for studies prior to the era of Coronavirus. Students who do not have that actual learning spirit might give up on education because of the lost touch or connection with studying as a whole. Even though the students could have studied on their own, most of them rarely do so lonely. They either depend on their teachers, siblings or parents. So for the parents to ignore them, studies is close to impossibility.

Moreover, the emotional trauma some of the learners have been subjected to over the period of their stay at home is also a matter of concern and discussion worthy. Inasmuch as a few might be stronger emotionally to sail through in these trying times, some will as usual coil within and feel devastated and unmotivated. Those whose emotional stance may not be all that strong will also have limitations in their educational endeavour. When school resumes, these ’emotionally down’ learners may infect others with their newly acquired syndrome as they interact or socialize. As words are very powerful, the more such kids speak to their colleagues about their anxiety whilst in the lockdown era, the more they somewhat recruit others into their reasoning and subsequent behavioural lane. In this regard, the studies of such learners altogether will be gravely affected since better studies ought to be characterized by sound mind.

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C. A. Asante is a teacher (Village Teacher) by profession who has reported on a number of elections in Ghana for Central Press Newspaper. He is known among his peers as a researcher and regular contributor in Education, Politics, etc. Follow : Instagram- @ chris_asante1...Facebook: CA Asante

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