While students continue to suffer the most due to the closure of schools because of the Covid-19 pandemic, teachers too are having difficulty coping. According to a recent survey, teachers across the country really miss posing their favorite rhetorical questions to students, most notably, “are you sitting in your lounge?”
Summarizing the data, the survey notes that apart from the more obvious deficiencies of this new and evolving system of distance learning, the redundancy of key phrases that teachers would use in the classroom for disciplinary purposes, or perhaps even to lighten the mood on rare occasions, has taken away much of the joy of educating children.
“It took me close to two months to phase out my go to line when schools first shut down. Each time I said it I would get an emphatic yes. It was worse than quitting smoking and ironically the stress has pushed me back to a pack a day”, said one overly emotional eighth grade English teacher while speaking to this scribe.
At press time, a large presence of teachers could be seen joining a protest by Pakistan Medical Association against the government’s lax attitude towards the second wave of the virus.