Friday, 24 September, 2021

Education hit hardest during Corona

The whole world is tired of 'coronavirus'. Anxiety and an invisible panic about Covid related diseases are prevalent in the lives of human beings living all over the world. The virus was first identified in Bangladesh on March 6, 2020. Of the three people who were diagnosed with coronavirus that day, two returned to Italy. Another one was their relative. On March 17, 2020, all educational institutions in the country were declared closed.

 The country's educational institutions have been closed since to prevent the spread of the disease. In this context, the education system has become dilapidated, so also has the state of the educational institution likewise become dilapidated. Due to the long-term closure for Corona, the chairs, tables and benches of the institutions are covered with dust and piles of dirt. The same has happened with the classroom electric lights, fans, writing boards and also most electronic products have become spoiled. Besides, many institutions have come under the control of local scoundrels and drug addicts. Due to remaining unemployed and free, teenagers and students are getting intoxicated in various games like Pub G, Free Fire, etc.

The coronavirus (Covid-19) issue has revealed the dire situation of the health sector in Bangladesh and also the indifference towards the education sector. Although many people have commented on the current health sector, we are still indifferent to the education sector. It is estimated that about 10 million students will never return to school due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19). According to a report by Save the Children, the allocation of 7.8 billion from the education sector of such countries will be reduced. This is the first time in human history that the education system has suffered such a major blow. About 1.6 billion students have been affected around the world.

There are about 40,000 to 60,000 kindergarten, pre-primary, pre-cadet and preparatory levels educational institutions across the country. Kindergarten schools have been closed due to the coronavirus (Covid-19). Thousands of teachers have become unemployed. Some of them have changed their profession from teaching to other. Many students of these institutions have dropped out. Most students stay out of online learning activities. But the Department of Secondary and Higher Education says 91 per cent of students submitted assignments last year. So the dropout rate will not be high.

Child marriage has increased due to the closure of educational institutions as an after effect of coronavirus (Covid-19). According to a recent UNICEF report, Bangladesh ranks fourth in child marriage. Corona has pushed millions of girls in the frontline of the new reality. Currently school closures, isolation from friends and support networks, these growing developments put many girls at the risk of early marriage.

Students must be provided free corona vaccination for immediate return to class, schools must be cleaned, all hygienic materials and facilities must be provided, teachers must be trained on how to conduct education in the corona situation, and online education must be part of the program. Furthermore, poor students should be provided laptops with free internet, special scholarships should be provided to students to prevent them from dropping out.


Rifat Amin Rion, student of Joypurhat Government College