THE EFFECT OF COVID-19 DRIVEN LOCKDOWN ON THE EDUCATION OF MARGINALIZED AND DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS

Authors

  • Amjad Ali Arain, Zubair Ahmed Chachar, Masood Ahmed Siddiqui

Abstract

Marginalized and disadvantaged people are the most vulnerable segment of the society. Prevalence of higher socio-economic disparity, neglected education, political injustice and feudal system, in Pakistan in general, the Balochistan in particular, are the major sources of marginalization and social exclusion. Students from marginalized and dMarginalized and disadvantaged people are the most vulnerable segment of the society. Prevalence of higher socio-economic disparity, neglected education, political injustice and feudal system, in Pakistan in general, the Balochistan in particular, are the major sources of marginalization and social exclusion. Students from marginalized and disadvantaged families were already facing difficulties, now COVID-19 pandemic has further aggravated the situation and badly affected their education. This qualitative study had been designed to explore the effects of COVID19 driven lockdown on the students’ education belong to marginalized, excluded and disadvantaged families in The Balochistan. For this purpose two sets of semistructured interview questionnaires, one for teachers’ and the other for parents’ were used to collect qualitative data. Narrative analysis approach was employed to analyze the data. Results of the present study revealed that students from marginalized and disadvantaged families, during the lockdown and closure of schools, did not haveisadvantaged families were already facing difficulties, now COVID-19 pandemic has further aggravated the situation and badly affected their education. This qualitative study had been designed to explore the effects of COVID19 driven lockdown on the students’ education belong to marginalized, excluded and disadvantaged families in The Balochistan. For this purpose two sets of semistructured interview questionnaires, one for teachers’ and the other for parents’ were used to collect qualitative data. Narrative analysis approach was employed to analyze the data. Results of the present study revealed that students from marginalized and disadvantaged families, during the lockdown and closure of schools, did not have access to alternatives. i.e. online education, e-learning, online repositories, android based learning applications, electronic mode of learning through T.V or cable network. A large number of respondents reported that they face eight to twelve hours load-shedding daily. They complained that government had suspended education of their children without providing any alternative or supportive education plan. They were of the view that education of students from advantaged families had not been affected as they access to all alternate facilities.

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Published

2022-03-31

How to Cite

Amjad Ali Arain, Zubair Ahmed Chachar, Masood Ahmed Siddiqui. (2022). THE EFFECT OF COVID-19 DRIVEN LOCKDOWN ON THE EDUCATION OF MARGINALIZED AND DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS. Pakistan Journal of Educational Research, 5(1). Retrieved from https://pjer.org/index.php/pjer/article/view/433