Kerala: Amidst the Rising Cases of COVID-19, Many Experts Opined Opening of Schools in a High-level Online Meet

Thiruvananthapuram: Amid rising new cases, adding to the total cases of COVID-19 in India, most of the cases are pouring in from Kerala. In a meeting called by CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday, many international experts in the meeting were of the opinion that schools must reopen, especially primary schools in the state.

Speaking to IANS, veteran virologist T. Jacob John who took part in the meeting said that most of the international experts in the meeting from different parts of the world proposed reopening of schools.

“The general opinion was, it is time that the primary schools are opened because there is no major issue if a 15-year-old child misses an year of school, but it’s not the same if a toddler who gets ready to begin his education, as any impediment in the cognitive development in the first part of a child’s education career can cause trouble,” said John, a winner of the prestigious Dr B.C. Roy award.

“Moreover today kids and children are presently locked up in homes and while at home none wears a mask, but when in school or outside, all wear masks. Risk is the lowest at primary schools,” added John.

On Thursday, State Education Minister V. Sivankutty said opening up of the education sector is being planned. “We will soon appoint an expert committee to study various aspects of it and then a final decision will be taken by the Chief Minister,” said Sivankutty.Source: IANS, Times of India, Deccan Herald

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