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ED: Schools can’t stay closed forever

  • Published at 04:48 am September 3rd, 2021
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DHAKA TRIBUNE

It makes little sense to keep educational institutions closed at this point

There is no doubt that, ever since the pandemic found its way into Bangladesh’s borders, the government has, despite a few hiccups along the way, done its best in terms of putting the health of the nation first, be it through stimulus packages to vulnerable segments of society, the procurement of vaccines, or the implementation of strict lockdowns.

However, if there is one area where its decisions have not made sense -- more specifically, the Education Ministry -- it is in the decision to keep schools and colleges closed, despite the fact that there have been multiple instances when the lockdown has been lifted.

As such, it is indeed welcome news to hear from the prime minister herself, that measures are being taken to inoculate students following WHO guidelines and that steps are being taken to open up these places soon.

While we understood the reasoning behind it -- after all, schools and colleges house our children and the last thing we want is for them to be affected by the coronavirus -- with the rest of the country open, including presumably the parents, guardians, and relatives of our children, it makes little sense to keep educational institutions closed at this point.

This is problematic, since experts across the board have made it abundantly clear regarding the major detrimental effects of children staying at home during the lockdown, from the more obvious delay in necessary education to psycho-social conditions that might manifest in the long run.

But now that the vaccination drive is in full force, with teachers already vaccinated and students soon to be the same, let us open up our educational institutions so that the future generations of our country can receive the education they deserve.

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