The Effect of Mental Pressure Due to Covid-19 on Students’ Educational Performance: A Study from Karachi, Pakistan

  • Aisha Rahat Khan University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Farida Lodhi Jinnah University for Women, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Rizwan Muneer University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Huma Mahmood Jinnah University for Women, Karachi, Pakistan.
Keywords: Mental pressure, Mental health, Virtual learning, Depression, Educational performance

Abstract

Coronavirus pandemic had not only affected the physical health of people but also the mental health of people globally. It has developed a fear in the minds of people regarding their selves as well as their loved ones. The essential change in the lifestyles of people and the need for social distancing has stopped the normal activities of people which caused mental disturbance among them. The present quantitative survey-based research has been led to know the impression of COVID 19 on the mental pressure of the students regarding their academic progress. The hypothesis were developed from which one was a null hypothesis;  H1, was to find that whether there is a positive relationship between mental stress and COVID and third, H2, was to find whether there is any negative relationship between mental stress and academic progress. Both, H1 and H2, were accepted through conducting quantitative research by circulating an online survey that consists of 14 close-ended questions regarding the 2 research questions made. Respondents were taken from 5 universities of Karachi, Iqra university, Jinnah university for women, NED university of Engineering and Technology, University of Karach, and ZABIST university.  The samples was consist of   90 students (54) were females and (36) were male selected by simple random sampling. The statistical method used to analyze the results was the simple percentage method as it clearly defines what percentages of the students were affected by COVID and how it impacted their mental pressure. It was found that there was a positive relationship of COVID on mental pressure that means the complex spread of COVID 19, higher the mental pressure and there was a negative relationship between COVID 19 and academic performance that means that high mental pressure was the cause of the lower performance.

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Author Biographies

Aisha Rahat Khan, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan

Aisha Rahat Ph.D. scholar currently enrolled in PhD in education at University of a Karachi. Her area of research in MPhil was professional development of teachers at secondary school level. Currently served in university of Karachi as teaching associate.

Farida Lodhi , Jinnah University for Women, Karachi, Pakistan.

Dr.Farida Azeem Lodhi is serving in Jinnah university for women as a Dean of social sciences, and as Professor. She also Worked at Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University as Dean Faculty of Education/ Registrar. Served at Government college of Education FB area.

Rizwan Muneer, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan.

Dr. Rizwana Muneer joined the Department of Education in 1991 as a Lecturer.  She completed M.A. (Education) from University of Karachi, and also earned B.Ed. Degree and she completed her Ph.D. in 2011.  Her area of research is motivational factors influencing efficiency of secondary school teachers. Currently she is working as associate professor and served as chairperson of department of education.

Huma Mahmood, Jinnah University for Women, Karachi, Pakistan.

Huma Mahmood is a PhD scholar in Jinnah university for women .Her area of research is ICT uses, served as vice principle at secondary school in Karachi.

Published
2022-03-16
How to Cite
Khan, A. R., Lodhi , F., Muneer, R., & Mahmood, H. (2022). The Effect of Mental Pressure Due to Covid-19 on Students’ Educational Performance: A Study from Karachi, Pakistan. Utamax : Journal of Ultimate Research and Trends in Education, 4(1), 39-49. https://doi.org/10.31849/utamax.v4i1.7017
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