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Saturday, October 24, 2020

    Reopening of Schools! The Necessity and Challenge

    It will be the first major step to take education back on track after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic

    Six months after the nationwide lockdown forced the educational institutes of the country, classes for students from 9th standard to 12th standards have resumed in Assam. But the much-awaited opening of classes in the state did not witness a fair response. Very few students have reached their respective schools.

    The state government has earlier issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for a period of 15 days for a partial resumption of academic activities in schools maintaining all the Covid19 protocols. Assam government said that it will review the SOP after 15 days.

    But the question is why the schools were allowed to open if the COVID 19 situation in the state is unwell and the state government repeatedly asking people to obey COVID protocols or face legal actions. It’s nothing but a catch 22 situation for the state government which at the same time does not want the COVID situation to deteriorate also wants that the students’ academic session does not get affected. Moreover, the online educations system introduced by the authorities to provide relief to the students during the lockdown also did not yield fruitful results with the majority of students from rural areas in the state being deprived of the facilities due to the unavailability of smartphones.

    Though not ‘easy’ but the good news is that schools have reopened. It will be the first major step to take education back on track after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. What needed urgently is the following of the SOP issued by the government. If adhered to strictly, it will not only minimize the risk for students and allow will allow them to get back to their studies in a normal way.


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