Jamaat-e-Islami Sindh’s Education Department shows concerns over school closure
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Jamaat-e-Islami Sindh’s Education Department shows concerns over school closure

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KARACHI : Showing concerns over the Sindh government’s recent decision to extend the closure of schools by June 7, the Jamaat-e-Islami Sindh’s Education Department on Saturday held an emergency meeting headed by Director Muhammad Azeem Siddiqui to review the situation of prolonged school closures.

After the meeting, the Director and other JI leaders in a joint statement said that when business, transport, and office activities have been restored since May 17, why educational institutions are being closed till June 7.

Siddiqui demanded that the provincial government should immediately reconsider its decision in favor of restoring educational activities at schools, colleges, and varsities. The educational process is constantly being destroyed but the state is not paying any attention to it.

It has been more than a year now but the government has not formulated any policy for educational institutions nor has it formulated any action plan for the financial support of schools.

They said that those children who are not allowed to go to school, freely go out of their houses.  The fact is that they play outside in the streets with friends and go to the bazaars when businesses are open all day. Therefore,  keeping the schools closed would not enough that too for more than a year.

The JI leaders highlighted that the online education system is ineffective especially for schoolchildren. “How pre-primary or primary school children can take online classes if online education is not effective at the university level”, they asked.

Likewise, the affordability of online is too much expensive for the working families while the concerned authorities completely failed to collect statistics about online education. There is no available  data asserting that children should be taught online.

The provincial government should make the report public if the education department has achieved any success about online schooling at public schools. The department has made no progress. The teachers of government schools are unable to give homework via WhatsApp and emails. They are just wasting the time of kids. Resultantly, the number of out-of-school children would be increased.

They asked that has anyone completed a viable standard plan for online education at the provincial level. The answer to this simple is NO.

They said it’s the responsibility of the state and government to take a special interest instead of closing down the schools. Not only to continue the educational process but also to pay special attention to the quality of education.

 

 

 

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