As COVID19 has disrupted education systems across the world, school-going children in South Asia are experiencing the same. Some reports suggest that children are less vulnerable to COVID19 than adults, but there are a few practical challenges to maintaining a social distance and to ensure health, safety and hygiene at schools for the students, teachers, and staff. If schools were open without safety measures during this pandemic they could potentially become breeding grounds for infection, and some countries have already experienced this hazardous fact.
As governments are preparing to open schools, assuring health, safety, and hygiene is can be challenging. Independent verification of implemented and maintained procedures will be key to mitigate risk in schools. Addressing this fact, Intertek has launched a dedicated, Protek Assurance Programme for schools to assure ongoing compliance with the highest of standards in health, safety and hygiene.
Children across much of Europe have been going back to school for the start of a new year, but in many other parts of the world, coronavirus restrictions have kept classrooms closed. We've taken a look at the situation in India and its neighbours in South Asia where the United Nations estimates nearly 600 million children have been affected by lockdowns.