The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely hit the education sector, radically changing it’s order.
The pandemic has not just halted the progress of education but also incurred major learning losses that go beyond this generation.
Adapting to virtual learning, India’s education system is gradually reforming itself in becoming student centric. Even as online education continues to press on, the question of reopening schools yet remains uncertain.
With the pandemic still hanging over as threat and it’s vaccine still at bay, reopening of schools would mean accelerating the spread of COVID-19 amongst the children, fearing resurgence of a possible second wave.
Adhering to the changing times, schools now need to be armed with immediate actions in training and medical attention, equipping teachers, staff and parents with authentic information on the pandemic to mitigate the stigma attached to the virus.
Important measures of precautions such as maintaining physical distancing, mask-wearing, hand and respiratory hygiene needs to be educated upon the children. Breaks for refreshments and school transport are factors that schools need to carefully ponder and plan upon.
Considering academic losses, governments need to chalk out plans in controlling damages incurred on the education sector and gradually move onto returning back to normalcy. While this topic remains to be a subject of mass discussions, we bring to you the thoughts, opinions and interpretations of the citizens in Navi Mumbai on how they perceive reopening of schools to be.
-Marilyn Ravi, NMTV News