It is important, though, in these times to re-invent what we understand as the classroom
The lockdown on the country has lifted, but as experts have said time and again, we are not out of the woods yet when it comes to the threat of the coronavirus. To that end, it is good to see the government rule out to the possibility of hastily reopening educational institutions.
Schools, colleges, and universities, with their large student populations, make it impossible for them to practice social distancing measures, especially in Bangladesh. Invariably, classrooms are overly crammed, and as such, they are potential hotbeds for the spread of Covid-19.
It must be pointed out, however, that most students fall in the younger age bracket and are therefore less susceptible to death by coronavirus. Nevertheless, they are still in danger of becoming asymptomatic carriers, which is all the more dangerous, as they could go on to infect others in their families or their social circle.
It is important, though, in these times to re-invent what we understand as the classroom, and indeed, as education. Brick-and-mortar institutions are all well and good, but we should also try to expand our scope of education through online and digital platforms.
The technologies for distance learning have long been available, but they have usually been seen as an inferior substitute to the traditional classroom, with physical proximity. The coronavirus pandemic has already changed work culture, and as we move into the future and gradually reopen the economy, we cannot let our guard down.
Lockdown may be over, but the threat is not gone.