As students, why is no one asking about our thoughts on our education? Even though we are minors, we are also directly affected by what is going on with our safety at school and our education.
I am a lower sixth student and I think that we could have continued doing online classes a little longer. It is more stressful learning online, but we were safe at home in our bubble. At school, we have no idea of what goes on with the other students in their households. I read on social media recently that someone who went back to work was diagnosed with COVID and it was shocking and unfortunate because the entire family was being responsible by staying at home and not having any visitors over.
Even though the numbers are going down, people are still getting sick and dying from this disease. My parents are currently still working from home and my 3-year-old brother has not gone back out to daycare and the only time we leave home is to go grocery shopping twice a month. Other people have gone back out to work, which is good for the economy, but COVID is real and people do not seem to understand that until someone close to them is diagnosed or dies from it.
When it comes to social distancing, many people still do not practice it. Even secondary school students.
For Class 3 and 4 students, the rules will be enforced, but it is only a matter of time until they do what children do and attempt to get close to each other.
My family says that I am too young to be a cynic, but I believe that even minors should have a say in these matters. I know that many teachers and parents are worried about safety, but the students are worried as well. People keep saying that schools all over the world have reopened and people are going back to work, but Barbados cannot afford to have another shutdown as a result of us rushing to ease shutdowns.
“When it comes to social distancing, many people still do not practice it. Even secondary school students. For Class 3 and 4 students, the rules will be enforced, but it is only a matter of time until they do what children do and attempt to get close to each other.”