WE live in a society where the importance of teachers is often overstated. It comes as a shock then that we care so little for their safety.
The second wave of covid-19 has been devastating in India and Kashmir has also witnessed a monumental rise in the cases. All guidelines have been asking people to avoid unnecessary gathering and gatherings which are avoidable. Why then are the teachers who have to teach children via their phones, being asked to attend schools?
Initially, when the schools shut, teachers were supposed to still be physically present. The irony is quite embarrassing here. It is actually the age demographic that teachers occupy who are at a higher risk of having severe infection due to covid-19 and not the students. Even then, it is teachers who are being asked to attend schools.
Now, schools are being asked to function on 50% attendance and a roster has to be made for the same. This is sheer mockery of science and lives. What difference does it make that teacher’s will visit schools alternately or thrice a week? They might all still come across the same infected contact.
Additionally, everyone doesn’t own private vehicles. They will have to risk their lives and the lives of their family members as they’d have no alternative but to board public vehicles. This is an absolutely avoidable exercise.
Although physical classes have been suspended, teachers are taking all the classes virtually. In what world is this farce of an order justified? Why do teachers have to be physically present to teach virtually?
Teachers who go to school will return to their families. Are their families expendable? Education is important and an alternative has been found to work. Stop these thoughtless declarations and allow all teachers to work from home.
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