As Covid-19 expands its footprint, many schools around the globe have made a difficult choice to close.  Although, it was mainly done to slow transmission amongst people and flatten the escalating curve, but still I strongly believe shutting down schools will lead to more harm than good.

Firstly, the closure of school will have detrimental effects on children themselves as they might miss out on over six months of schooling. Although some schools are adapting to e-learning as a temporary substitute to physical coaching in schools, however this novel is way likely to be less effective, especially in countries where internet and technology penetration are still quite low. Moreover, students are less likely to concentrate on their studies as they used to before the shut down of schools. It will take students a lot of time and effort to adjust to this new way of learning. Closure of schools is a significant hit to students which can have long term inimical outcomes. Furthermore, recent studies have shown that children under the age of ten are least affected by the virus as the stronger immune system compared to adults.

Secondly, due to closure of school unemployment rates have significantly risen as many schools around the globe do not have capacity to pay all of their staff. A recent study conducted showed many American teachers were forced to file for unemployment benefits due to Covid-19 redundancies. This has led to mental health problems like anxiety, depression and panic attacks. White collar workers are forced to rely on unemployment insurance and some are even struggling to meet basic necessities of life.  Also many children around the globe are dependent upon school lunch programs due to this many children are suffering from hunger. Many health care professionals are torn between looking after their own children at home and serving patients in hospital due to lock down. Owing to this fact, the potential shortage of health care workers like nurses, would lead to more deaths due to Covid-19.

Thirdly, according to recent studies conducted, people who are 65 and older are at a greater risk from Covid-19.  Because of this, children who live together with their grandparents may spread infection to their elderly who are prone to suffer from this virus. For this particular reason grandparents may end up in intensive care and hospital beds. Children who are not going to school do not really end up staying at home. They go out to play, meet friends or engage in some form of social activity. Therefore, closing down the school does not really serve the purpose of social distancing. Instead these kids act up, become carriers of the virus and spread it to others.

Some people believe closure of school is necessary in order to protect all the teachers and support staff working in school because there is decent chance that they might get severely ill. However, this issue could easily be resolved if schools commit to increased physical distancing, regular handwashing and increased hygiene. Singapore is an ideal example for countries as they didn’t close schools and are still achieving remarkable success in limiting the virus.

In conclusion, I believe closing of school is causing more harm than good as there is no evidence proving that closure of schools is helping out the spread of Covid-19. In fact, the thing which evident is that closure of schools will lead to long term detrimental effects on financial health and education of the economy.

Rafsha Rahim
Batch: 2019-20