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‘After lockdowns, there’s no point in school anymore’

Kunal Chakravarty Director - Communications & Fundraising AFAL "What's the point?" My 9-year-old looked me dead in the eye as I asked if she was ready to go back to school. Truth be told, I didn't have a perfect answer for her. She will be ending her 4th grade and has the usual ho-hum 'must have' educational subjects. Yep, we've all been there. We've all been that 9-year-old who doesn't like school.  The difference, though – this is a new generation – the Covid generation. While our daughter may see no point in school for the usual teenage reasons or the fact she is just recovering from Covid, she was also referring to the fact that the education system as we know it has changed forever. She has been in primary school for four years, and she has had approximately two years plus that was uninterrupted by Covid, and that's probably being generous. I remember the first wave of Covid well, and it was just after her 8th birthday.  And just like
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Timira Gupta Sports day brings back memories for everyone. How it was always held in winter – the hot sun rising slowly above our heads as the day rolled by, playing its own game with the cool breeze that blew across the ground as a respite to the streams of sweat that trickled down the side of children's foreheads. And how at any given point in time, there were groups of children in different corners of the ground. Some in position for their 100m sprint, others warming up for 400m, some stretching before their long jump into the sand pit and a tiny group always huddled at the Glucon-D stall hydrating themselves after their run. Most of the other children were stationed in the cool shade of the stands watching all the action and screaming and cheering for their House to win. If you were a child who always sat watching in the stands, you would know the urge to want to step onto the sports ground, even if you did it as part of the march-past squad, a sports drill or at the end of the