The world is in the middle of a deadly pandemic that is far from being over. Every day, our ears are pained from hearing death rates and our hearts have been bruised with the loss of our loved ones. India is currently undergoing the second wave of coronavirus infections which have been soaring to an unpredictable level. Images of mass cremations and people begging for treatment truly breaks our heart and makes us question the credibility of the entire system.
In the midst of all these chaos, students are left hanging in mid-air , as if they have not been touched by the pandemic. CBSE has cancelled the board exams of class 10 and postponed that of class 12. Students have talked about anxiety and panic, as they don’t know what the future holds. Moreover, online classes have proved to be an utter failure and many students complained of being lost in screens. Apart from all these, students have gone through the mental agony of losing loved ones and hearing sad news on a daily basis. This mental pain in young people needs to be taken into consideration by an education system that has turned way too oppressive.
Students cannot be treated like mere objects who need to clear exams and go ahead. They are humans with souls who are reeling under the same pandemic that has destroyed so much already. The education system needs to take into account the mental health and social conditions that many students are living through, instead of making them go through more distress.