Vol. 5, Issue 3 (2020)
The decline of education in parallel with the COVID-19 pandemic is now at the centre of conversation. Technology, challenges and mental stress are key concepts linked to the subject under discussion. The dialogue does not occur within the confines of the South Asian region. It is a global discourse. The Corona pandemic aka COVID-19 is a much-discussed subject. Steps are taken to contain the pandemic in many developed as well as underdeveloped states and Sri Lanka is no exception. The world is visibly shaken by various mental disorders stemming from the pandemic. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the socio-economic life structure (flora and fauna excluded) is perilous. The situation in Sri Lanka is more catastrophic than that of the developed countries. The scientific methodology introduced to control the catastrophe includes isolation, social distancing and community containment. It is the key weapon to decelerate the spread (A Wilder-Smith 2020). This is an oft-referred-to fact established by the WHO as well. However, the general public’s ignorance is a major debacle which resulted in the expansion of the catastrophe. This essay underscores that the individual lifestyle has been shattered mentally in the face of this pandemic with special reference to pupils and students particular. Not only the pandemic victims but their family members must also be considered on a special scale. The mental stress faced by the personnel attached to defence and health sectors must also be taken into consideration. The persons under quarantine will most likely have a weakened immune system owing to fear, resentment and stigma as they feel victimised to an unnecessary extent. Sri Lanka Navy soldiers who underwent quarantine recently are a case in point. They were portrayed as criminals. The media coverage given was largely negative. Willing or unwilling, the quarantine is compulsory for many thousand. Barred access to social life, imposed regulation and prohibition of certain activities will worsen the mental condition of the individuals. Countries with developed technological expertise conduct counselling, video conferencing to reduce social distancing, telephone conversation and online encounters as a remedial measure. The citizens would not feel isolated at all (Alexande 2020). On the other hand, this determines the patient’s stress levels too. A risk of heart patients also exists. The conflicting mental conditions prevalent among the health staff might also affect the containment of the pandemic. Vigilant dieting, constant exercise and modifications in daily activities will ensure a healthy phenomenon (Paul Carter 2020). The current situation will influence the future society too. Education sector requires special attention at this juncture. It applies not only to Sri Lanka but the whole globe.
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