Monday, 06 Dec 2021, 1:00 PM MYT
|By Prof. Dato’ Dr Andrew Mohanraj|
It was mentioned in Parliament on Nov 22 (2021) that among 100,000 primary school pupils screened nationwide, 12.5% of the Year 5 and Year 6 students were found to be at risk of developing depression, anxiety and stress.
These figures should make us sit up and be very concerned.
The Covid-19 pandemic is likely to have some sort of long-term impact on a majority of students, simply because they have lost out on what can be termed normal development for a significant period of their lives.
This is likely to affect their academic performance as well.
Reintegrating to normal school life is vital in helping school children regain normalcy.
However, there could be stress and anxiety associated with this process after a prolonged absence from school.