Inaruwa, Aug 6
The adverse effect of COVID-19 has resulted in schools shut all across the world where over 1.2 billion children are out of the classroom across the globe since about five months.
As a result, teaching learning activities in schools and colleges has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning developing the digital platforms in the world of late.
Though, the latest development of this way is found effective in developed and advanced countries, under developed and developing countries are struggling to gain its result. Due to poor network and frequent disruption of electricity supply, the online courses are not found effective in Nepal as per the easy expectation.
However, about four months have elapsed this way with more cry and less result. Meanwhile, ongoing preparations and announcement to resume student enrolment since coming August 17 has turned to uncertainty due to increasing cases of COVID-19 pandemic of late in the country.
As a part of the preparation, the government had urged the teachers and schools staffs to reach at respective schools to resume the enrolment process so that the halted academic session could be managed with slight changes on academic calendar. Meanwhile, the concerned Ministry, the Ministry of Education, itself is in dilemma of what the next step should be to this end. The schools are waiting for appropriate direction from the federal government as starting enrolment process with gathering the students might case more risk of pandemic outbreak.
According to the Education Ministry Spokesperson Deepak Sharma shared that it could not be decided by Ministry alone as it has several areas to be influenced with the decision in the pandemic hour. However, the government had directed the concerned sides to adopt health safety measures before resuming the enrolment process, it is now has seen not effective and practical as cases were surfaced more critical way.
Community School Management Committee Federation chair Krishna Thapa opined to adopt health safety measures, develop quarantines, isolation centres, and conduct psycho-social cancelling with the consent of guardians before beginning the process.
Similarly, NPABSON chair Rituraj Sapkota argued that the government should facilitate to fix minimum fee to private schools to conduct online classes as students will not be ready for enrolment unless resuming classes would not be assured.