It’s been 16 months now since the lockdowns started early last year. Once the first wave subsided if vaccine procurement had been expedited last November with advance orders, it would have been another story in India, but the ship has sailed.

There is no vaccine for children below 18, and there is a lot of talk about testing and approvals going on. The best bet is that a couple of providers might start catering to the 12+ years age group very soon. So how about starting graduate education classes now and then gradually opening up the next slot when they get vaccinated. And unless we give vaccines to those below 12 also, we should not be in a hurry to reopen schools.

The primary focus right now has to be on survival; to fight another day, we have to keep our children safe, no matter what. Students sometimes drop a year when parents travel abroad when they don't get a college of choice, find an ideal job, a PG of their preference, and so on. This gap will pass; since promotions are being ensured, it will not be earth-shattering not properly to complete a particular year's syllabus. Most of the chapters they learn in school are rarely used in future life anyway.

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Author's Bio: 

Amit Prasad is SatNav Group's visionary Founder & Managing Director who conceptualized the Preschool & Daycare model way back in 2005. He splits his time between his ventures, at Sunshine his focus is on Strategy. Amit loves to travel to new places, play golf and read Biographies.