There haven’t been so much headlines about the future financial challenges for educational institutions. Partly because the effects of the coronavirus crisis on the economy of educational institutions are only visible with a delay of years.
We are all aware about the very challenging effects of the coronavirus crisis on businesses. With regard to educational institutions, the focus has understandably been on how, in exceptional circumstances, everyone can be guaranteed the opportunity to complete their studies and continue learning even in exceptional circumstance.
In vocational institutions, performance and effectiveness funding play a large role.
The coronavirus crisis is forcing educational institutions to significantly change their own normal operations. The aim is to secure learning with various distance learning solutions. It seems unreasonable that, in this challenging situation, the coronavirus crisis is creating financial challenges for the best-performing educational institutions.
In these exceptional times, it is understandable that it is not possible to organize teaching in exactly the same way as under normal circumstances. It must be taken care to ensure that teachers own workload does not become too great and that responsibilities are shared between different teachers. Under the leadership of the principal, it may be decided to form teaching groups and to deviate from the normal division of labor of teachers. Currently, teachers work countless hours to get their teaching to a level that will help students in the best possible way for their future. For this job, they receive a normal salary, even though the workload is significantly higher than in normal teaching. This is the contribution of teachers to achieving a common goal in these difficult times.
What do teachers then expect from government action?
What the government could do is to help vocational institutions to share the effects of the CORONA VIRUS CRISIS on the finances of vocational education institutions if such investments are to be made in the future. Another possibility is that the government must be prepared to allocate more funding to vocational schools.
Significant additional resources will be needed for teaching and learning support after the exception period. Even before the corona, lack of support was one of the biggest problems for institutions. Smaller teaching groups are needed, as well as sufficient special education and support teaching. We have learned something in a complex situation. Now it is time to improve teaching methods with it.
Sami Syväoja, 2020 VAMIA