SRINAGAR: J&K Peoples Conference senior leader and former minister on Sturday urged the government to allow re-opening of educational centers and coaching centers for in-person teaching while adhering to the COVID appropriate behavior protocol.
Bukhari, in a statement, said that online education cannot replace physical education that is attained in a classroom with a conducive environment and hence it is imperative for the administration to permit coaching centers to commence limited in-person teaching subject to 100 per cent vaccination of staff and students and strict adherence to the COVID appropriate behavior protocol.
“Education of our children has immensely suffered since the onset of the pandemic. The government of the day should have already prepared a roadmap for re-opening of coaching centers and educational institutions,” said Bukhari.
“While on the one hand, the administration has no issues in allowing tourists all over Kashmir and conducting public functions and programs with large gatherings, on the other hand, they are not allowing the coaching centers to resume physical classes owing to COVID,” he said, adding that “our students have already suffered enough in the last few years. This administration should be making all efforts to send them back to the classrooms and not creating impediments in the resumption of physical classes.”