The Coronavirus disease, or rather Chinese virus (as being called by Trump) has caused several havocs ranging from Education to cultural, religious and even sporting activities.
As part of the preventive measure taken by every country affected by the virus, a compulsory closure of public places and prohibition of public gatherings is inevitable.
This has prompted the closure of schools, religious places, public offices, market places and even sports. However, as the world keeps fighting the pandemic disease and with the infectious rate gradually declining and the health sectors working round the clock to find a cure, it is important to get things back to normal, gradually!
With this in mind, several countries have been declaring it safe to reopen economy and most especially, education sector, but as some counties with low infections are having cold feet about reopening schools, some countries with high infection rate seem to recognize the immense importance of education and thus, deemed it fit to reopen schools.
In Europe on Tuesday, Millions of mask-wearing children returned to school with governments determined to get pupils back in class despite still-rising coronavirus infections which surged over four million across the continent for the first time.
Schools reopened in Russia, Ukraine, Belgium and France, where teachers and children aged 11 and older were obliged to wear face coverings, echoing regulations in place across the continent.
Lockdowns imposed from March meant many children have missed months of education, as well as time with their friends.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time!” 12-year-old Chahda told AFP excitedly as she arrived with her friend at school in the southern French city of Marseille.
However, the largest school district in the United States — New York City — announced a delay to in-person classes at public institutions until September 21, after reaching a deal with a prominent teachers’ union that had threatened a strike over health concerns it felt had gone unaddressed.
In Europe, the decision to forge ahead with school reopenings comes as the virus is spreading rapidly again in many countries, raising fears that more lockdowns and disruption are to come in autumn and winter.
“I am convinced that we can and will prevent a second general shutdown,” Germany’s Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said, unveiling figures to suggest his country has passed the worst of its recession.
An AFP tally of infections, using official data from across Europe, showed that more than four million people have contracted the illness, with Russia accounting for almost a quarter of infections.
The virus emerged late last year in China and has now infected more than 25 million people globally and killed almost 850,000.
The Chinese city at the centre of the initial outbreak, Wuhan, took another leap back to normality on Tuesday when its almost 1.4 million youngsters also returned to schools and kindergartens.
State media broadcast images of thousands of students hoisting the Chinese flag — a daily routine at all public schools — despite warnings to avoid mass gatherings.
While this is going on, Nigeria government still claims it is still unsafe to reopen academic activities across the country, the PTF chairman, on Monday warned state governments of their rush to reopen schools across the respective states.
But is this their fault? Even the most concerned stakeholders deemed it suicidal to reopen public institutions as physical distancing is said to be impossible as a result of overcrowded lecture rooms and unconducive hostels.
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