Jahangeer Ganaie

Internet clampdown takes a hit on education

Internet clampdown takes a hit on education
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Students from Pulwama, Shopian worst hit

Pulwama: Online education that was being imparted to students due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has come to a grinding halt in south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Shopian districts after authorities suspended internet services in Kashmir division after the killing of Hizb operational commander on May 6.
The services were restored in Kashmir excluding Pulwama and Shopian due to which online education has come to abrupt halt in the twin districts.
The online mode of education was already difficult for teachers due to slow speed of internet, however 2G internet services have been shut since last 8 days in the twin districts due to which students are suffering.
Several teachers were using “zoom” application to teach students in a group, besides sending notes and assignments through email and Whatsapp. All this continues to remain shut since last Wednesday morning, said a teacher.
Several teachers as well as students expressed concern at the disruption, once again and complained that such internet shutdowns make it impossible to teach or study properly.
“We attended schools just for three to four weeks this year. Earlier, after scrapping of Article 370 schools remained closed for over four months. Our studies now largely depend on the Internet for online classes and also for videos that disseminate education. It will only make us less competitive compared to our counterparts,” said Aqib Ahmad, a student from Pulwama district.
Another student Zeeshan Wani said that teachers were putting in every effort and were providing us lessons on time despite the low speed of internet.
“We had an important video lecture on Thursday and we were going to end one unit of the syllabus on the same day. All that has been delayed now. We are hopeful that we’ll be able to resume our studies soon,” Wani said.
Another student, Basit Muzafar said that they had to submit an assignment for two subjects but couldn’t submit it due to the suspension of internet.
“Our studies have been affected for the last seven days. Are we not entitled to education?”, he questioned.
The sudents and teachers have appealed government authorities to restore internet services immediately ijn the twin districts so that they can resume online education at an earliest.
The authorities snapped mobile network, except BSNL postpaid service, and suspended mobile internet service on May 6 following a gunfight between militants and government forces in Beighpora Awantipora.
While the mobile phone service was restored on Monday night, mobile Internet service continued to remain suspended for the 8th consecutive day on Wednesday.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted ganaie@kashmirvision.in

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