The researcher employed homogeneous sampling to pick an acceptable sample from the community and collected both primary and secondary data. Structured interviews, observations, preliminary data, secondary data, and theme analysis were employed in the study.
All the recordings were transcribed in Sinhala by the researcher. Then it was translated into English. The researcher then carefully studied and examined them, emphasizing the essential details. The building’s contents were the next phase. There were repeated facts after evaluating the highlighted points. Further investigation could reveal a trend in these circumstances. The above-mentioned repeated facts were discovered as codes by the researcher. Then, a plethora of regulations was created. Following that, codes related to similar locations were gathered, and content was produced. Some information had the same significance as others, but it was not all the same. Some of the information was consistent with previous literature, while others were not. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted students’ life in many ways, based not only on their level and field of study but also on where they are in their programs. Those who are finishing one phase of their education and going on to the next, such as those transitioning from school to university education or higher education to employment, confront special challenges. Many students’ lives have been turned upside down due to the pandemic’s chaos and unpredictability.
Many students are now living at home or with family members. They are expected to continue their academic work under drastically different conditions and demands than before the termination of face-to-face instruction in universities. According to the experiences of the respondents, they have faced different kinds of challenges and some of them are still facing them although some of them are resolved that. Students are dealing with several serious psychological challenges like many others. Issues such as whether faculty or students or their family members have had COVID-19, whether they are asymptomatic, symptomatic, or hospitalized; they need to maintain their essential needs. On the contrary, many students do not even have consistent internet access with enough bandwidth to handle multiple users. Most of the time, numerous individuals work from home and simultaneously require an internet connection. Based on environmental and set of circumstances problems, some attendees may find it difficult to focus their attention on the substance, retain the information from the simulated lecture, and vigorously engage in meaningful conversations. Blackouts are another distinguishing feature. Blackouts are not uncommon in some locations.
According to respondents’ experiences, power interruptions annoy them and cause them to miss many sessions from their daily schedules. However, widespread outages are wreaking havoc on everyone these days. Since March 2020, the COVID-19 epidemic has effectively paralyzed global mobility and dominated worldwide headlines. To make matters worse, the foreign currency exchange crisis, along with the catastrophic financial fallout from the epidemic, has significantly harmed Sri Lanka’s growth, which is heavily reliant on tourism, investments, exports, and remittances – which are all sensitive to the outbreak. The rupee’s depreciation is projected to make debt installments more expensive. Despite efforts to alleviate the situation, imports of tea, rubber, seafood, and clothing surpass exports due to increased expenditure and inadequate earnings. Concerns about financial difficulties at home might impair low-income children’s capacity to learn. The financial situation of a family influences several factors that can help or hinder obtaining an education. Due to the financial crisis in Sri Lanka, the financial situation is serious. The themes that follow under the interpretation of data give insight into the effects and obstacles that students encounter during new covid-19 scenarios at the University of Kelaniya.