Pandemic taught key lessons, says PM Modi

The Prime Minister says many realised the importance of not taking things for granted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said students might have lost a year of their lives due to the coronavirus pandemic but they had learnt lot of lessons of true value of essential things.

In his annual interaction called “Pariksha Pe Charcha” with students ahead of board exams, he said the COVID-19 pandemic had taught everyone not to take anything for granted like regular school days and attending office.

“The pandemic has taught us to fight the unexpected. People have realised the importance of not taking anything for granted like regular school days, attending office. Though COVID-19 forced us to maintain social distancing but it strengthened families’ emotional bonding,” Mr. Modi said.

“We have lost much during the pandemic but we have also gained a lot. The biggest lesson that corona has taught is that the things and people you missed during the period have such an important role in your life. Those activities and people you had assumed as part of a routine, you realised their importance,” he added.

Schools across the country closed in March last year ahead of a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. The prolonged closure prompted the shift of teaching, learning activities to online mediums.

While several States began partially reopening schools in October last year, the physical classes are again being suspended in the wake of fresh surge in cases.

The board exams for Classes 10 and 12 which are usually held in February-March are scheduled to be held in May-June this year.

This is the first time that the Prime Minister’s interaction with the students was conducted virtually.

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