We all have been experiencing a difficult time. No one has ever seen anything as devastating as COVID-19. It has put an end to normal life. An unprecedented stagnation has affected the whole world. From a marginal farmer to a millionaire businessman, everyone is subjected to this contagious disease. But till now students are the worst sufferers of this pandemic.
Education is now totally at a standstill. In the past years, students had been waiting for different vacations but this year everything is totally different. The paths that students used to take on their way to school are now covered with grass. It has been more than nine months since they last stepped on school grounds. Now they are eagerly waiting to get back to school.
Education is the backbone of a nation. The Bangladesh government has created a congenial environment to education over the last decade and it is very supportive to education. It has been providing the students with free books, Tiffin and scholarship for poor students. Even in this trying time the education ministry has been continuing online classes with a view to keeping the students in touch with study.
However, considering the social and economic condition of urban and rural students we can say that not every student gets the same opportunity and material to continue studying online. So, the gap between urban and rural students is increasing day by day which is very ominous for our country. On the other hand, the prolonged shut down of all educational institutions has destroyed the flow of study and deteriorating the mental health of every student.
There is a silver lining: that is the vaccine is in the market now. Therefore, the vaccination program should be launched as soon as possible. But if this present situation prevails for a long time, the lion’s share of students will fall flat and sink into oblivion. So, for the well-being of our country and its people, the government should take proper actions examining the overall condition of COVID-19. Finally, regarding the unbearable suffering of the students and the overall issue I am drawing the attention of concerned authorities to reopen the educational institutions at the earliest possible date.
Md. Rashel Mia
Student, Department of English, Islamic University Bangladesh