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Pandemic is more dangerous when it hampers education system

Dear Editor,
The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having an intense impact, not only on people's health, but also on their daily lives. Among the most important challenges created by
COVID-19 is how to adapt a system of education built around physical schools.
If we see globally, there are more than 188 countries, encompassing around 91% of enrolled learners worldwide, closed their schools in order to avoid the spread of the virus. That due to closures of schools and educational institutions there have a very real impact on all students, but especially on the most vulnerable ones who are more likely to face additional barriers.
Yes, we have to accept one things that due to this pandemic we have started a new trend or say a new system of education which is no doubt very helpful for students and teachers to use the technology efficiently. But, have we ever thought about those children and youth from  low-income and single-parent families; immigrant, refugee, ethnic minority and Indigenous backgrounds; with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations and those with special education needs suffer by being deprived of physical learning opportunities, social and emotional support available in schools and extra services such as school meals. They risk falling further behind and becoming isolated with school doors closed.
Students who are in field of medical, law, engineering and other higher studies not just need theoretical knowledge but 60% of their studies based on practical, but due to ongoing Pandemic students are facing great problem. This way they will lose their interest and efficiency in work in their coming future.  As said by Dr. William Osler “He who studies medicine without sails an uncharted sea but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all”.
"Education" word itself sufficient to understand it’s a process of learning, our first  educational institute is our home from where we learn to words and from words to sentence and from sentence to our language we speak, learn to communicate,  learn to live in a society and so on. Now just imagine can we do all those things through virtual classes? Something to ponder. Yes for students from age group from 2-18 years and above will not have much problem but for those children who have just started going school will have problem as they  have to adapt new environment which they are not used to, for them pandemic is really hampering for their inner and outer growth as they can't be taught how to make friends in online classes.
“Education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It's about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life. " -Shakuntala Devi
Your’s etc,
Sarala Gurung
Practising Advocate
District Court of Gangtok.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi