Open-air community classes in J&K’s Yusmarg to compensate academic loss amid COVID-19

In the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the government teachers of High school Kandajan in Yusmarg area in Budgam district, have started open-air community classes to compensate the academic loss amid the COVID-19 induced lockdown as they were finding it difficult to continue their online studies due to low internet connectivity issues.
These community classes are a ray of hope to these students as it is helping them to continue their studies even during the pandemic as some students were unable to attend online classes.
“With the permission of locals and parents of the students, we have started these community classes. Currently, we are running classes from 6th to 10th standard,” said Manzoor Ahmad, Headmaster of the Government school.
“Very few students were coming to the online classes because of different reasons. But after the introduction of community classes, a greater number of students are coming to attend the classes,” he added.
“We have started an initiative to continue the classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic after assessing the scenario. It was imperative to deliver lessons and to contain the spread of the virus at the same time,” said Bashir Malik, teacher of the school.
Malik said, “We decided that it is better to conduct classes in an open space as it is easier to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) during the pandemic.”
Appreciating the initiative, Hanan Mushtaq, a student said, “As we stay in a far-flung area, our teachers have to come here every day. We are thankful to them.”
“We were struggling with our classes including poor internet connectivity amid COVID-19. But we are glad that the school authority has decided to conduct the community classes,” said another student Masrat Jan.

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