Long-term school closure disrupts the livelihoods of many: India


The pandemic’s lengthy school closures have harmed all education-related services and companies across the country. For the past 16 months, there have been no primary-level classes on campus, while senior classes have started and closed on a sporadic basis across the country. Many parents are still hesitant to take their children to school because they are concerned about the third wave of coronavirus illnesses.
Mr. Kulbhushan Sharma, head of the National Independent Schools Association, a federation of state associations of budget private schools, believes that 300 million people rely on schools in some capacity across the country.
Bus drivers and electricians, as well as uniform and scientific instrument suppliers, are among them. In companies associated with schools and universities, job losses are common.
Mr. Jitendra Singh had eights school vans under him, but now, Since the Covid-19 epidemic hit India last year, his vehicles have stayed parked in front of his house, as courses have primarily been online and there have been no children to go to school.
“I never imagined myself in this circumstance,” he said; this 41-year-old used to earn three lakhs (inr) a month and now is surviving on 9000 rupees.
School bus drivers have opened roadside food stalls, uniform producers have sold veggies, and school lab equipment manufacturers have made masks instead. Unlike him, Many others, though, are unable to adjust.


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