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ED: Where’s the logic in keeping our schools closed?

  • Published at 06:09 pm August 27th, 2021
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MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU

If the nation is to remain open, schools should not be the exception

The government’s decision to bring the entire nation under lockdown when the number of daily cases and deaths were rising exponentially was a necessary one in order to curb the rates and bring the pandemic under control. 

However, with the nation no longer in lockdown, it makes little to no sense for the Education Ministry to extend the lockdown of schools while everything else remains open as per usual. There needs to be some consistency in our lockdown policies, and for some reason, the educational institutions have always been given the least amount of attention in this time of pandemic.

Experts have repeatedly stated the detrimental effects of schools being shut down on children -- not only in terms of the invaluable hours of learning they will be losing out on, but also in terms of how their psychological and social development will be affected as a result of staying at home for such a long period of time.

The continuous extension of closure imposed on educational institutions and its subsequent effects will perhaps be felt for generations to come, but to continue to do so while the rest of the nation functions normally is the height of futility, and does nothing to stop the spread of the virus or protect our children from the pandemic.

What is the point of keeping schools shut down while the parents of children are commuting to work, or when children are participating in day-to-day life anyway?

Covid-19 is a complex problem which remains to be solved, but if the nation is to remain open, schools should not be the exception -- children need to go back to the routine that they have been missing for more than a year in the midst of a pandemic. The best we can hope for now is the minimize the damage that has already been done.

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