COVID-19’s Impact on the Student Learning Process in Rwandan Higher Education Institutions
The coronavirus pandemic has not only challenged health systems, but
has also had a significant impact on education systems across the globe.
This study analysed COVID-19’s impact on the student learning process
in Higher Education Institutions in Rwanda. A quantitative research design
was adopted and pragmatism was selected as the research philosophy.
Primary data was collected from 1 170 students in 30 institutions using a
closed-ended questionnaire. The data was analysed using descriptive and
inferential statistical tools. The results indicate that the pandemic has led to
changes in the academic calendar, suspension of examinations, and final year
students being unable to conduct research and serve internships. It
has also affected the quality of learning and learning from peers due to
social distancing. Students in rural areas and those from vulnerable families
have been worst affected.
Key words: COVID-19, learning, higher education institutions, online
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