With schools across the country closed due to COVID-19, teachers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch have been holding community classes to reduce students’ academic loss and ensure they don’t suffer prolonged lockdown.
“We have been doing this for three months to make the most of the time and make sure the students don’t waste valuable time. The director of school education in Jammu had said that those teachers who were willing to teach in the community are teaching while following the COVID-19 protocol, ”said Suhail, a teacher who teaches classes for children in his area has carried out, towards ANI.
According to Jalil Khwaja, another teacher who takes community lessons in Poonch, the students have received the initiative very positively.
“We received a very overwhelming response from the students. We decided to start these classes because we didn’t want the student to lose valuable months of education. Since we were free too, it was a good opportunity to keep ourselves busy, ”said Khwaja.
Before entering classes, teachers disinfected students’ hands and took all COVID precautions. The community courses have been going on for 3-4 months and are helping students lose ground due to COVID-19.
“We’ve been coming here since the lockdown. When we come here they disinfect our hands and also provide masks. We are not allowed to enter without masks. Our curriculum is also advancing, ”he added.
He added, “These courses are being held not just in Poonch but in several other locations around the state for the past three to four months. I am very happy that despite the lockdown, people are playing their role as educators and fulfilling their responsibilities. ”