Until a couple of years ago, Dashain used to provide much-needed relief for students as well as teachers. The festival provided quality time for refreshment for everyone.
But this Dashain, all students and teachers are already on a long break—they have been working from home for more than a year and a half. This break has created a void in interpersonal connections and one-on-one communication. Guardians, teachers, and students have been fed up with the Covid-19 restrictions.
The situation is still not entirely under control, but we have seen a lot of positives ahead of this Dashain. Many schools have reopened and people have returned to their daily lives. Other schools, however, are yet to get the green light from the local governments. Even those that have started physical classes are doing so in shifts.
This long break has affected the habits of many students. They need some time to get back to the habit of going to school. So, reopening schools, even for a couple of days before the holiday, could help students. Moreover, we have to think of teachers too who have been working hard without enough pay.
Despite many hurdles, all of us in this sector are optimistic about the reopening of physical classes. The grand festival has brought the market back on track. We can see movement all around.
But at the back of our mind there is always that fear: could we face another Covid-19 wave? Are we ready to fight the virus again? I don’t think we can take that chance.