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A Tale of Two Syllabus - Dasan and Vijayan

The Beginning   The biggest casualty of the Pandemic was the education sector, especially the K-12 schools and its children. What we saw in the initial days was localised fire fighting based on the logic and knowledge of individual educators. Even over a year down the line, the fact remains that we are still left with no standardised guidelines that could practically be followed by all schools.    As the health workers took the spotlight, fighting a collective battle mostly following standardised procedures to protect people from the virus, the academicians were left in the dark to fight a lonely battle to protect their children from learning gaps, anxiety and mental distress.    Governments across the world did their PR stunts in all possible ways to stay connected with its people in distress. Most IT firms, health equipment manufacturers and distributors were looking ahead to create a fortune in the new world order. In all this chaos, the only ones who did not really figure u
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