There is no direct answer to the debate over the opening of school campuses during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Nobel laureate Amartya Sen.
During an online discussion hosted by Pratichi on Sunday, Mr Sen said children are suffering a lot now that schools are closed, but concerns about their health cannot be ignored as campuses reopen.
“In America there is an ongoing debate between two groups on the same subject. In India there are different opinions. But what applies in eastern Birbhum may not work in western Bankura. answer, an immediate answer at hand, the situation is not like that,” said Mr. Sen.
About the evaluation model in the current scenario, the economist said that acquiring and sharing knowledge is more important.
“Even if we emphasize the evaluation, we must not forget that it is the latter. The acquisition and sharing of knowledge is paramount. There are reasons to believe that the issue should be looked at from different sides and perspectives”, he said.
“When we learn something for the first time, when we first understand the matter … is that linked to evaluation? We have to see. Evaluation will certainly be helpful, but how much and in what way? We have to see if there are there is a link between evaluation and real education,” emphasized Sen.
Asked about the threats to the environment, he said that either the world is aware of the problems and knows the solution, but is not progressing in the right direction, or that difficult discussions are needed to find the direction to overcome the crisis. to solve.
“Environment is an integral part of every work, every step taken by us,” he reasoned.
Mr. Sen, currently a professor at Thomas W Lamont University and a professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University, also emphasized tapping into alternative energy sources such as solar and nuclear to protect the environment.
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