Students must apply simple rules of Covid-19 at school

By Dhylamy Towe

Coronavirus has become a big problem in the world. It affects jobs, schools and other services of human society. In this part of the world, we are fortunate to go to school during this time and other countries or region such as the Philippines, China, America, Africa and Europe are all subject to strict lockdown. Since our country is not strictly lockdown, I have question myself thinking “Is our jobs and schools matter in this time of pandemic?” In my own opinion, I think education and jobs may be important, but in this period of time, our lives are far more important than attending to our needs. Think about it if you continue to go to school and catch Covid-19. What will you do?

In this case, simple rules like social distancing, washing hands before eating and after sneezing and wearing of mask must apply to students by balancing their education and life before going to school. Now that we have returned to normal day to day routing, no one is practicing these rules. Just recently, we discovered that a 46 year old was infected with Covid-19, which increased the number of cases to 11.

I feel like all our lives are in danger, we are still going to school, still working and people are walking around as if nothing happened. I wouldn’t be surprise if I heard one of the students in my school catch Covid-19. I mean look at us, we’re not taking this situation seriously, we’re just taking it has a normal flu. Besides, if one of us as students has the coronavirus, how do we help ourselves? We don’t have the high quality medical equipment to prevent this deadly disease. I think only prevention is by start following the simple rules and we’ll end up having no cases in our country.

During this year 2020, our Education Minister have stated that everyone should go back to school, but many parents complained on social media such as Facebook: “We don’t want our children to go to school because our child’s life is in stake.” I think the best way is to suspend 2020 schooling year to next year because our lives are more important than going to school. I’m in eighth grade, soon will be sitting for my exam and would like if they would pose pone to next year also. We’ve got a long way to go and apply simple rules to prevent is better than cure.

Dhylamy is from Manus province and she’s in grade 8 (purple).

Published by Ples Singsing

Ples Singsing is envisioned to be a new platform for Papua Niuginian expressions of creativity, ingenuity and originality in art and culture. We deliberately highlight these two very broad themes as they can encompass the diverse subjects, from technology, medicine and architecture to linguistics, music, fishing, gardening et cetera. Papua Niuginian ways of thinking, living, believing, communicating, dying and so on can cover the gamut of academic, journalistic or opinionated writing and we believe that unless we give ourselves a platform to talk about and discuss these things in an open, free and non-exclusively academic space that they may remain the fodder for academics, journalists and other types of writers alone. New social media platforms have given every individual a personal space to share their feelings and ideas openly, sometimes without immediate censure. The Ples Singsing writer’s blog would like to provide another more structured platform for Papua Niuginian expressions in written, visual and audio formats while also providing some regulation of the type and content of materials to be shared publicly.

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