Imphal: Taking note of the improvement in the COVID-19 situation in Manipur, the All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM) and Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO-GHQ)) asked the state to reopen schools for all classes with suitable SoPs.

In a joint statement, ANSAM education secretary Ruwngalar Elly, and KSO-GHQ education secretary Dounmang Haokip, stated that the school closure since last March harmed the students. 

The statement also pointed out that markets, religious institutions had opened, and social programs had resumed.  

“Following all these actions, we do not see the surge in COVID-19 positive cases in the state, rather it has flattened and becoming conducive for carrying out all the activities, including resuming of schools,” the statement added. 

Online classes work only for students whose parents are educated and have favourable conditions like a regular power supply, data network and other basic facilities.

However, most of the hill students cannot afford equipment like smartphone, laptop etc. or private tuitions. This, along with the constant power cuts, and poor internet connection in the villages, acted as major hurdles for the students, the statement added. 

Unlike the valley, hill regions cannot adapt to online teaching-learning, the statement added. The resumption of traditional classes is the only solution so that students once again focus on their studies.

In the absence of classes, issues like substance abuse loom large over the students, the statement pointed out. 

After a gap of almost one year, the state government reopened schools and colleges for students studying at Class IX and above from January 27 across the state.

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