In a report released on Thursday by the United Nations Organization for Children, UNICEF has said that 46 crores 30 lakh children worldwide have been out of the purview of school since the school closed in lockdown.
Interestingly, the devastating effects of the lockdown on the economy are often discussed, but the schools and colleges that have been closed for months do not seem to have much concern about the impact on the children who are studying.
By starting online classes, many educational institutions have admitted that they have continued their studies, but the recent UNICEF report examines the notion that the lockdown has not had much impact on children's education.
According to this report, taking stock of the situation in about 100 countries, the loss of school closures has caused about one and a half billion children worldwide.
Talking about India, 1.5 million schools have been closed and 28.6 million children from pre-primary to secondary have been affected, of which 49 percent are girls.
The power and limits of online classes can be gauged from the fact that Internet connection is present in 24 percent of the households in the country and most of them also have problematic networks. The report states the need to open schools at the earliest, but to be honest, doing so in India is riskier than in many other countries.
One is the classes are very big here, the number of students is more in every class. Secondly, the situation is worse in terms of infrastructure. The limited number of toilets in schools greatly increases this risk.
Apart from this, children cannot always be expected to apply masks and maintain a safe distance. Keep in mind, the proportion of primary wing children to school students is 49% globally. Opening school early is not a good option.
On the other hand, we cannot reach the conclusion that the light of education is reaching all the children, by basing the appearance of the ongoing education in the name of online classes. We have to find a way at the world level that children who are deprived of education or left behind get a chance to complete their course under special arrangement after passing the corona.
Even if you have to start a special class in the summer holidays or in the middle of the session after a while, or some other method is adopted, every child should be given the chance to complete this year's course.
If this is not ensured, then the damage done to his studies in this period will never be recovered and the society and economy will have to bear the consequences for a long time.
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