Sakeenullah Dawar

MIRANSHAH: The Youth of Waziristan, an organisation of the educated youth in North Waziristan tribal district, has announced boycott of online classes in the universities.

The students in North Waziristan said the announcement of online classes by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) is a good step, but tribal districts don’t have the facility of 3G and 4G internet, therefore, this practice will be useless in these areas. They told TNN that most areas in tribal districts are deprived of internet and mobile phone facility even in this modern era. They said it is impossible for the students from merged districts to take online classes without internet facility.

A student hailing from North Waziristan said while talking to TNN that educational institutions are closed throughout the country due to coronavirus lockdown after which the HEC has announced online classes, but the students of North Waziristan cannot avail this facility due to lack of 3G and 4G internet. He demanded the government to immediately restore 3G and 4G internet in North Waziristan to end difficulties of people, particularly the students.

An office-holder of Youth of Waziristan told TNN that almost all students of North Waziristan have returned to their homes after outbreak of coronavirus. He said he has personally seen that the students cannot avail the facility of online classes as they don’t have internet facility. He said the Youth of Waziristan had arranged classes for students at its office, but this effort of the organisation also failed as the government banned the assembly of people due to coronavirus emergency. He said the government must first provide internet facility to students and then start online classes. He said there is no use of online classes when majority of students cannot avail this facility.

Most parts of the country are under partial or complete lockdown after the coronavirus emergency which has brought the routine life to a standstill and the educational activities to students have also been impacted badly.

The HEC has approved a mobile application named ‘Zoom’ for students on which the students can attend online classes after signing up. The students can register their attendance and also take part in group discussions on this app.