Students in peril

18 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The unimaginable fatalities and unbearable economic effects of the lethal coronavirus pandemic have hardly let policymakers any scope to look at other affected sectors, albeit some of whom are not too unimportant to overlook. Rather, some of the corona-hit sectors like the education sector may take a heavy blow in long run for any nation.

Since the coronavirus pandemic has hit the country, educational institutions have been kept close to contain the spread of the virus among the students; though different initiatives have been taken, in the meantime, to keep students engaged in studies, those have proven either inadequate or ineffective to bring desired results. At the same time, to minimise the students’ losses the concerned ministries have taken some strategies, which are unrealistic and unempirical to some extent.

The long closure of educational institutions and the economic crisis in the low economic class people have already paved the way for a considerable number of students to drop out, while students from affluent families and higher grades passing times, learning almost nothing due to different limitations of the applied strategies. Moreover, academic year loss has been taking a heavy toll on upper-grade students’ minds; on the other hand, the auto pass system is something that many students cannot accept, and the nation will bear the brunt of it in the long run.

Though reopening educational institutions can be the most viable option, the authorities concerned are seemed thinking differently despite the demand of students and the recommendation of UNICEF and UNESCO. The government should reconsider the decision that it will reopen educational institutions only after the transmission rate drops down below five per cent. It is beyond our intellect that why educational institutions remain close, when some places like markets and shopping malls, being considered epicentres of virus' spread, are open and students often visit those places.      

We should keep in mind that the economic downturn may recover in a short time after the pandemic is over. However, it will be almost impossible to recover the loss of the education sector. If a bunch of mediocre people with below-average intellectual ability grows up in the country, whom do we blame for this?