Joy for children, anxiety for many parents
As schools reopened for the first time in 542 days, a mass of happy, smiling children’s faces could be seen in educational institutions across the city. Their joy and enthusiasm contrasted with those of many guardians who fear that a rushed opening could put their children at risk of contracting Covid-19.
Although many students and teachers expressed satisfaction with the government’s decision, many guardians expressed anxiety.
Mahmudur Rahman, a private service incumbent, said: âMy son is studying in class XI at Residential Model College. It is difficult to maintain the rules of social distancing and health in schools and colleges. I am a little worried . I think the government is in a bit of a rush and should have waited another 15-20 days. “
Lawyer Amin, father of a third-grader at the Model Residential School, however, said the closure of schools and colleges had changed the children’s lifestyles. “Their mental development has stopped. Their interest in learning has waned. They lack academic knowledge that will affect the next generation,” he said.
“Covid-19 infections will be difficult if we are aware of it. So I think schools and colleges should stay open. And they should have been open earlier,” he added.
Another babysitter, Maryam Akter, said the final exam would take place in December. The mental state of both boys and girls is such that it would not be possible to complete the program during the period, she said.
Al Mansoor, tutor to an SSC candidate, said he was relieved now that the schools have reopened.
âThe educational activities and online exam preparations during the long shutdown were not as disciplined as the in-person classes. The children began to lose interest in studies. Therefore, I think it was essential to have an idea of ââwhat they did during this time, “he added.
The students, meanwhile, are eager to return to class.
“Our exams are early,” said Tanvir Hasan, a twelfth-grade student at Residential Model College.
âThe reopening of the college was very necessary for us at that time. We studied at home but it is not as effective as the college. We memorized a lot of things without understanding them. I came to the college and I saw that each shift was divided into several parts so many students could not be in the class at the same time. There is a 15 minute break between the different groups. I think there is nothing to fear.”
Saira, a candidate for the Tejgaon Government Girls’ High School, told TBS: “Words cannot express how I feel after meeting my friends today after so many days at home.”
“It’s like I got my life back,” she added.
Meanwhile, Sabnam Banu, director of the government’s Ideal Primary School, said, âWe are very happy with the reopening of schools. The students are very happy. We keep two classes open each day. But other classes of pupils also arrive because they do not feel well in the house. However, we are obliged to return them.
Regarding the online courses, she said: âWe took online courses, but not everyone did it correctly. Many do not have the necessary devices. Now I hope it will be possible to teach them properly in the lessons.
“However, we are very happy to return to our professional life. All hygiene rules are respected in schools. In the midst of all the preparations, some parents are still worried about Covid-19 infections,” she said. added.
Rokeya Sultana, principal of Tejgaon Government Girls High School, told TBS: “We take classes in four shifts a day to avoid crowds and follow comprehensive hygiene rules prescribed by the government.”
Sunjeri, one of the students who attended the school today, said the school was not as it used to be, with only two hours of classes and distant seats in accordance with health guidelines.
“But I’m still happy to be back to school.”
Teachers and students met in classrooms today as primary to upper secondary schools reopened across the country after 542 days of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic and restrictive measures Across the country.
Amid a push to immunize children, the government has yet to make a decision on this, as health regulators have called on countries to be cautious before rushing to immunize the least. 12 years old.