Moving on regardless

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/16/2021 12:39:19 PM IST

 Despite rising cases of the new strain of coronavirus, that spreads 70% faster than COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and particularly transmitted to young people including children, states across India including Nagaland, have decided that educational institutions cannot continue to remain closed indefinitely till the virus is effectively contained. The new COVID strain, B.1.1.7.,was discovered first in the UK was also found in the US recently. The government of Nagaland, has decided to re-open schools for students of class VI onwards in the state from February 2021. The Nagaland university will resume classes by the second week of February 2021. The new academic session for the technical institutions in Nagaland is likely to begin from February 25 next. The decision follows the nod given by the High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID to the proposal by the School Education Department. According to Principal Director School Education C.Shanavas, the department would be preparing detailed SOPs for resuming normal classes and would issue a notification soon in this regard. It was also learnt that preparations were on to conduct final exams for classes 10 and 12 in March in offline mode. The department will be issuing detailed information soon, an official said. It may be recalled that the Cabinet on December 18, 2020 directed the Education department to take necessary steps to resume physical classes in a staggered manner for students of Classes of 6 onwards. As the virus is not likely to disappear for sometime, the choice between continued closure and partially normalise activities is clear. With normal life paralysed and economy worsening, there is no other option but to restart activities with some restrictions. The education sector is facing unprecedented challenges and needs to adapt and find solutions to keep children motivated and in their route to learning. The pandemic has made “e-Learning” or online education as the new normal and will ensure proliferation of information technology tools and gadgets post-COVID-19. Even if there are restrictions in the form of SOPs, many parents will be unwilling to send their children to schools or colleges, especially in the light of the new COVID-19 variant that is believed to spread 70% faster than COVID-19. According to a report, professor Neil Ferguson an epidemiologist of Imperial College London and member of No10’s advisory group NERVTAG, said the high rate of infection reported among kids when schools reopened in last November could also have been because of the new variant of the virus since children are at high risk. Researchers believe the new virus strain, which is reportedly between 50 and 70 per cent more infectious, but don’t believe it is more deadly or causes any more severe disease in either adults or children. In some states, the government has allowed only 50% of total strength to physically attend classes and left the option for online classes. People have been adhering to the SOPs for almost a year and now are fed up. Many are trying to restart normal life as can be seen in crowded markets and offices. Educational institutions have to work much more in ensuring that all protocols are very strictly followed if classes are to be resumed. Therefore, the government must ensure that educational institutions are fully prepared to hold classes with strict enforcement of protocols, to achieve the goal. 

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