Open doors: with the anticipated 4th Covid wave, should educational establishments return to online mode? : The India Tribune
Learn to adapt because the pandemic will remain
The third wave of Covid has proven dangerous, but that doesn’t mean we can do away with masks. As we can see in countries like China where Covid cases are rising again causing a mass lockdown, we must ensure that the damage caused by the second wave is not repeated. Given the danger of the pandemic and the unpredictable nature of the virus, masks must be made compulsory and orders must be followed very strictly. The closure of educational institutions will also create unnecessary panic and pressure on students and teachers. Now that we have learned to live with the virus, wearing masks and timely vaccination can help steer us away from the danger of new variants. The pandemic will stay with us for a long time, containment should no longer be the solution to curb its spread. Scaling up medical equipment and services should be the first priority. Containment should be the last resort.
Classroom instruction is vital for students
Covid has changed the whole configuration of students’ studies and their lives. The education system is changing and the online mode is gradually gaining popularity. We must learn a lesson from the strict protocols that were applied during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. All educational institutions were closed to prevent the spread of infection among students and even teachers. As offline education in classrooms had suffered greatly, online studies were adopted as a temporary arrangement. But now, due to the possibility of another Covid variant wave scare, educational institutions are skeptical about how exams will be conducted. Some authorities are wary of the Covid situation because students under the age of 15 still need to be bitten for a preventive vaccination. If saving the lives of students is the most important goal, each student must be masked and must comply with hygiene stipulations and also avoid unnecessary social mixing for their own safety. The physical interaction between teachers and students is vital for basic clarity and conceptual understanding. It will be wiser to provide both options for students during this current session. As the situation appears to be improving, every effort will be needed to restore normalcy to the routine school curriculum. When and with the continued sharp decline in Covid cases, the conduct of examinations may take place in offline mode. If education authorities assume that there is still a possible threat from the fourth wave of Covid, it is up to the district administration to decide the next course of action. However, maintaining and strictly adhering to mask mandates can mean the difference between getting infected and protecting yourself from the pandemic.
Do not panic, follow all the precautions
Viruses have been present on the planet for billions of years and permeate all parts of the natural world, from soil and water to plants and animals. Only about 200 viruses infect mankind and cause diseases such as poliomyelitis, smallpox, chickenpox, viral fever, etc. third wave in the country. For the first time after three years, regular Class X Offline Examinations (CBSE) started from April 27th and successfully, so more will follow. The junior classes of all the schools passed their regular examination without any complaints. After advice from the district administration, all precautions are observed and covid appropriate behavior insisted. The risk is there, so all precautions must remain in place. Regular pen and paper reviews should not be blocked. The idea is that once we have understood the microbe, its mode of communication, we should no longer fear it. In addition, almost 80% of our population has received at least two doses of the highly effective vaccine. Teachers and other civil servants even received the booster dose. Much of the student population was also stung. The vaccination campaign should be further intensified. But, I think it shouldn’t become a case of “once bitten, twice shy”. Regular reviews should now continue, and continue regardless.
Quality education possible in offline courses only
The government of Punjab has issued a notice in which it has asked relevant authorities to ensure the wearing of masks in crowded places like buses, trains, planes, cinema halls, mall stores, offices public, schools, colleges, etc. compulsory as a precautionary measure bearing in mind the threat of the fourth wave of Covid. It is repeatedly advised to always keep three ‘C’s in mind, i.e. crowds, closed places and close contacts. Instead of creating panic, we should take the precautionary measures because many of us have not yet taken two doses of the vaccine or have not yet taken the prescribed booster dose. We should focus on these issues instead of thinking about starting online courses. Let’s not forget that childhood activities, which are only possible in school, are an integral part of the physical and mental development of school children. In addition, in the past two years, online classes have harmed children’s eyesight. We must not forget that Covid is going to stay longer, so it must be treated like any other disease and preventive measures must be taken to save us from it.
If the situation gets worse, switch to online courses
For the time being, educational institutions should continue with offline courses as the risk of Covid resurfaces. However, school authorities must take all necessary precautions to curb any spread of Covid in their establishment. Wearing masks should be compulsory for all students and in classrooms, social distancing between all students should be done. If an increase in Covid cases occurs, then, depending on the circumstances, educational institutions should definitely revert to online mode of education.
Strictly follow the precautionary measures
Covid is picking up its pace again after declining for a few months, which has forced many countries around the world to increase restrictions on their citizens. Decisions whether to choose online or offline mode of education should be made by parents and their children. Some of them would not like to continue the classes offline to avoid the risk of being infected with the virus. Alternatively, some parents or students would like to take the physical lessons according to their own convenience. Both lesson modes must be available to all students. Whatever the mode of teaching, the precautionary measures against the Covid must be followed to the letter to save the population from the pandemic.
JATINDERPAL SINGH BATHTUB
Allow fully pricked to attend classes offline
In the current scenario, where the threat of Covid-19 through its challenging new variants persists and all school children in the designated age groups are yet to be fully vaccinated, the options of online and offline lessons should be wisely exercised by both authorities and parents. For physical classes, only students should be allowed to attend classes who are fully vaccinated to prescribed standards and that too under strict compliance
with behavior adapted to Covid. For students who have not yet been vaccinated, online courses must remain operational according to existing guidelines until the entire process of full vaccination is complete. It is heartening to note that the National Drug Regulatory Authority has granted emergency use authorization to two differently manufactured vaccines for children aged five to 12 years. However, the authorities should expedite the vaccination process for all eligible age groups of children by taking proactive measures, including providing free vaccination on time.
Offline studies have no credible substitute
Although the physical interaction between teachers and teachers is remarkable for conceptual clarity and understanding, parents are in a dilemma to send their wards to school for fear of contagion, especially among those in groups of lower ages. Authorities are also wary of the Covid situation as students under 12 are not yet prickly. From now on, restrictions on the operation of businesses and industrial enterprises are completely removed. Likewise, educational institutions playing a vital role in the upskilling and integrated development of the younger generation can no longer be left to the vagaries of the pandemic. To bridge the learning gap, the established practice of offline study having no credible and effective substitute must be conducted without interruption. Nevertheless, amid the fear of the 4th wave of Covid, it would seem rational to adhere to hygiene stipulations, wear a mask and avoid undue mixing until the situation completely improves and vaccination of all schoolchildren is completed. Overall, saving lives comes first, while restoring normalcy to academia is badly needed for the overall preparation of students, who happen to be the future of our nation.
Nirmaljit Singh Chatrath
Close schools only when condition worsens
News of the rise in cases is making headlines around the world. Containment has been imposed in many countries such as China. In India, students in the 12-18 age group were vaccinated in their schools. The question arises for children under 12 years old. The parents of these students are in a difficult situation. In my opinion, if the condition only gets worse, lessons should be taken offline, but schools should adopt all Covid measures and precautions and follow the guidelines prescribed by the Ministry of Health for the benefit of students because parents have already paid dearly. school fees for their children. The responsibility should lie with principals and staff to strictly adopt measures to protect students from the new variant of Covid-19.
Rajat kumar mohindru
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