Schools in Iran reopened to 15 million students on September 5 after being closed for seven months due to the COVD-19 pandemic, and a photo showing the course of a class is circulating the internet.
The photo, shared on Twitter by journalist Farnaz Fassihi, showed students sitting in transparent tents. There was a girl in each tent and none of them wore a mask.
“School in the era of the pandemic in Iran,” Fassihi wrote.
Take a look here:
School in the era of the pandemic in Iran. pic.twitter.com/Gg6v7KMhbh
– Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) September 8, 2020
While the innovation has impressed many, others have expressed concern about the health risks of sitting inside an enclosed tent. Take a look at some of the reactions:
At least they’re investing in the kids to educate them.
– Elle Man (@ LisaAz4evah) September 8, 2020
Is it bad that I find this cute or that it brings back memories of building a fort from my childhood?
– LynnInChicago (@ LynnInChicago2) September 8, 2020
I would have loved it as a child. At least Iran takes it seriously… so there’s us.
– BlueBellBetty (@BlueBellBetty) September 8, 2020
You know we’ve finally internalized the absurdity of 2020 when the answers are “so cute!” Instead of “how disturbing that this way of life is necessary”. ??
– Vote Vote Vote (@KarenDZachary) September 9, 2020
Well it looks comfy and a bit magical and without masks.
– Jamie Schler (@lifesafeeast) September 8, 2020
It’s not the worst idea I’ve seen. Nice little cubes for each child that they can decorate and take care of themselves.
– SandyTodd (@sandnseaOR) September 9, 2020
Thus, these children will not die from the virus. They will die breathing their own carbon dioxide all day.
– Jen Giacone (@ MaddFan1) September 8, 2020
My children have just returned from their first day of school. They wore masks all day, had to sit 6 feet away from their friends, and couldn’t share anything. How are tents worse?
– Sarcasm personified (@visgrrl) September 8, 2020
It looks so cute but looks like punishment, as an American looking at this pic.
– iThinkWithMyhead (@Gtrealmacoy) September 8, 2020
President Hassan Rouhani oversaw the reopening of the schools through a live video conference on state television. He cited the equal importance of education and health as the reason for his decision to reopen educational institutions, Reuters reported.
“This year, we are taking on a greater burden of responsibility towards our students,” said the president.
According to reports, Iran is one of the countries worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic in the Middle East with more than 384,000 cases.