The West Bengal Education Department is set to introduce a chapter on the Coronavirus in the school's curriculum from 202021 onwards in a bid to create awareness among the students regarding the virus. State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee raised the issue recently on disseminating the information regarding the nature of the Novel Coronavirus and the necessary precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak.
Syllabus Committee Chairman Aveek Majumdar said that discussions are being conducted among the members and experts on the issue. Other officials have also added that plans to introduce the topic on Coronavirus for the students from Junior to Higher classes are also underway.
Majumdar also pointed out that learning the basic hygiene and safety measures to prevent the contamination in junior classes and learning the type of contagion and its mutations for the students of Higher Classes is important given the COVID-19 outbreak. He also added that along with the teachers and educationists, experts' views from doctors, virologist epidemiologists is required before deciding on the exact content of the chapters to be introduced.
The first cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country earlier this year following which the disease has caused havoc across the country taking it to complete lockdown. The schools and colleges have been closed across the country since March 2020 with a steady rise in the number of cases across the country.
Examinations were also postponed for the state board along with the CBSE and ICSE. and while the CBSE and ICSE boards have cancelled the class 10 and 12 board examinations, most of the state boards have conducted the pending exams for the students, the CBSE and ICSE will be introducing alternative assessment methods to declare the results of the students.