Ever since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, students have been in a conundrum. Between regulating their academic careers and avoiding risks to their health, the year has been chaotic for them.
Recently, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood announced that educational institutes in areas with a high incidence of Covid-19 will remain closed till April 11. However, since "the number of cases in Sindh, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan is relatively low," he left it to the provincial governments to decide whether schools should be closed in their jurisdictions.
Naturally, reactions across the country were mixed, with students in Sindh, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan asking why they weren't being allowed to stay home during the risky third-wave of the pandemic.
Between struggling with online learning, missing out on lessons, deteriorating mental health and an overall troubled academic year — here's how the some students are reacting to the news.
Some celebrations were underway
Two provinces are straight up salty
While others have their fingers crossed
Some shots were fired
And some hopes were high
Students are also calling for the cancellation of exams, including O and A Level papers, due to the pandemic. They argue that other countries have cancelled their exams, so it's only fair that Pakistan do the same.
The issue of schools being open during the pandemic has been a hot topic all year round and will probably continue to be until the pandemic is finally over.