Students VS Covid-19
BY: Telha Chohan & Ishrak Ahsan
Students across Canada have been forced out of the classroom due to COVID-19 for over a month now. This has caused confusion among both parents and students along with communication issues with faculty. Many have started to consider the long-term effects of missing school for an extended period of time. Others are raising concerns about missing out on important milestones such as senior year, prom, and graduation.
Without daily interactions and lessons, students are at risk of falling behind, especially elementary students who are missing key lessons for future grades. High school students are also worried that the quality of their education won’t prepare them for there post-secondary aspirations. To counter this the government and school boards have utilized e-learning to try and keep students on track with the curriculum through various platforms. Teachers are trying their best through zoom calls, video lessons, and online application to keep students learning, however, this is not the same quality of education that they are used to since there is no face to face interaction with students and teachers.
Student employment has also been affected by COVID-19 as students who were looking for a job or were already employed are now being forced to stay home. Luckily for them, Trudeau’s government has announced that they are creating 76,000 jobs in sectors that are in need to help students find employment and to help stimulate the economy. For students that would need additional support the government would now be doubling grants to up to $6,000 for full-time students and $3600 for part-time, this would help students exponentially ever since Doug Ford cut OSAP funding in 2019 that students were in dire need of. Trudeau’s government is also planning to give $9 billion to students through funding. Students that are in or planning to attend post-secondary institutes in the 2020-2021 year, will receive $1250-$1750 depending on their circumstance. In addition, $75 million will go to indigenous students; however, all of this has to pass legislation before being implemented nationwide.