Last week, the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) decided to reopen all educational institutes based on the decline in Covid positivity rates. Educational institutes across the country are to reopen this week and will operate as per routine. This news was welcomed by both educational institutes and the students. Due to the lockdown restrictions, many institutes have suffered financially because of a drop in the number of students attending schools, colleges, and universities, forcing many institutes to close altogether.
Students also suffered considerably because many did not have access to internet services or electronic gadgets to attend classes. A lack of physical contact between the teacher and students made it difficult for students to keep pace with the classes.
Reopening institutes will allow students to resume in-person learning and those who had previously dropped out will rejoin educational institutes. However, we must not forget that Covid-19 is still present and poses a threat. It has been observed that people are negligent of SOPs when restrictions are eased, which results in a resurgence of cases. To ensure low positivity rates, the public must cooperate with the government and continue following the SOPs.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2021.