The COVID-19 cases are on the continuous spike in India. The total tally of the COVID positive cases today is around 54.87 lakh. The country is on the verge of ending Unlock 4 which was imposed on September 1st. In this phase of unlock, the central government approved the resuming of metro trains from September 7 and the, and the coming back of 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to schools outside containment zones from September 21.
It has allowed senior students of classes 9 to 12 to visit their classrooms to solve their doubts. However, several states and union territories were not in favor of reopening schools and colleges. Also, there are no restrictions on the inter-state and intra-state movement of people and goods. Several states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, and few others have also come up with their own state guidelines for Unlock 4.
Though the vaccine is not yet officially in the market it is very risky to open the schools. By doing so the government is endangering the future of the students. We do not deny the fact that pandemic should not affect the academics of the students but then other ways ahs to be opened for it. The opening of schools should not be the option.
Rather, the education ministry shall work and emphasize more on virtual or digital learning. These facilities should be improved so that students’ do not face hurdles in learning. Reopening physical schools and colleges is literally risking students’ fate. This can also result in adding on COVID cases which are already on a spike. Maintaining social distancing is also an important concern when we talk about the opening up of schools. The government needs to rethink whether to commence school or not.
On September 21, the most iconic monument of India and one of the seven wonders of the world Taj Mahal in Agra is also opened for people and tourists to visit. It was closed for six months. Not more than 5000 visitors are allowed per day. However, 5000 is also a huge number of people to come to one place in a pandemic situation. Citizens and the government should understand that it is not at all safe to venture out unless it is of utmost importance. There are still several people who don’t take precautionary measures like wearing the mask, maintaining social distancing, or sanitizing. More awareness has to be created among the people and should realize that the vaccine is not there yet so need to be serious about the situation. Opening up all sorts of places like looks, religious places, or tourist places will not help.