WB School Academic Year 2021: Coronavirus pandemic has been the most significant event in the current year. The entire world has been brought to a standstill and a large number of individuals had to lose their life to the pandemic. With no specific cure or vaccines developed until now, modern society has no other option but to learn to live with this virus. Now that this virus has become a part of human existence, having more knowledge about it is desirable for the students. Taking an initiative in this direction the state education department in West Bengal is contemplating including a chapter on Coronavirus in the school curriculum starting from the academic year commencing in 2021.
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The state syllabus committee is already conducting discussions on this matter and it is highly probable that when the schools are expected to re-open in August 2020, this chapter on Coronavirus will be introduced in the curriculum. It is expected that by acquiring adequate knowledge regarding the virus, students will be able to understand the implications of the present situation better. They are expected to develop a better understanding of the safety measures and contamination prevention measures.
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While interacting with the media, the Chairman of the Syllabus Committee, Mr. Aveek Majumdar was quoted as saying that, “We think that even if the lockdown is lifted, restrictions will continue in our normal life. So, we have to make students aware of how to fight against Covid-19, abide by social distancing norms, wear masks, and maintain hygiene to fight against this disease.”
As the school committee has plans to introduce the chapters on Coronavirus for students studying in classes 1st to 8th, Mr. Majumdar stated, “For this, we have to work out and prepare separate chapters for each class.” He further added that “To prepare proper content, we have to consult epidemiologists, eminent doctors, scientists, and other specialists.”
He further stated that the state education department is also planning to include details regarding Coronavirus in the curriculum for higher classes under the topic of the virus in the textbooks for Life Science.