ISLAMABAD: As faculties shut down within the twin cities following a authorities directive to forestall the unfold of the novel coronavirus amongst college students, non-public academic institutions have urged the federal government to not less than enable their lecturers to go to the amenities to have the ability to conduct on-line courses.
All Pakistan Personal Colleges and Faculties Affiliation (APPSCA) President Malik Ibrar Hussain on Wednesday acknowledged that not all lecturers both had the requisite web connections, computing amenities, and even the house at their properties to carry on-line courses. Therefore, they want entry to laptop laboratories or different amenities on the faculties to have the ability to successfully maintain courses.
Hussain identified that if bus terminals, railway stations and markets are working usually, the federal government can present some leniency to the extent of lecturers and employees on the closure of academic establishments.
He went on to argue that solely academic establishments and marriage halls have been shut, which doesn’t scale back the danger of the coronavirus, and demanded a everlasting resolution to the urgent subject which is more likely to recur yearly like different seasonal ailments.
The APPSCA president additional mentioned that the examination outcomes of almost half of the two,500 non-public academic establishments within the federal capital haven’t been launched owing to the unprecedented closure on account of coronavirus.
Dad and mom are anxious about undeclared outcomes of their youngsters and the delay within the begin of the brand new educational session, he added.
Whereas the federal government has introduced automated promotion for all youngsters finding out n grades one by way of seven, the APPSCA president mentioned each faculties and fogeys are nonetheless confused over the declaration of outcomes.
Simply as Hussain mentioned that crowds of individuals proceed working as regular in non-public and authorities workplaces, together with the secretariat, the federal authorities has introduced that solely important employees can be allowed within the workplaces within the purple zone.
HEC develops on-line course database
To help academic establishments in growing digitally communicable programs inside a brief interval, the Greater Schooling Fee (HEC) has developed a database of on-line programs.
These programs can be accessible on the nationwide and worldwide degree and can be shared with universities. Regardless of the supply of those programs, college school have been requested with making ready digital programs for dissemination to college students.
This was acknowledged by HEC Chairman Dr Tariq Banuri in a message on the state of affairs created by COVID-19.
The HEC chairman mentioned that the coronavirus pandemic has endangered all the world. As a precautionary measure, college students of all public sector universities have been given a three-week break beneath directions from the federal authorities.
The on-going holidays could also be adjusted as a part of the summer time holidays. If the prevailing state of affairs persists, on-line lectures will assist keep away from an academic loss for college students.
Within the meantime, school members have been requested to benefit from the break by making ready a physique of on-line lectures for his or her college students to mitigate the disruption within the provision of schooling.
He urged the vice-chancellors to comply with the rules about precautions to guard important employees and college from the virus. HEC has issued complete pointers on this regard and has additionally taken precautionary measures on the HEC workplaces.
No restriction on authorized VoIP
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has introduced that each one academic establishments and on-line companies can use authorized Voice over Web Protocols (VoIP), Digital Personal Networks (VPN) and video conferencing functions to hold on their on-line actions with none restrictions.
A press release issued by the authority acknowledged apps akin to WhatsApp, Skype, Google Meets, Zoom, Blue Denims, Cisco WebEx, Workforce viewer and Meraki VPN can be found for use for digital schooling and companies.
Nonetheless, PTA mentioned that per Telecom Guidelines and Rules, the authority will take motion towards people and organisations who use VoIP and VPNs for unlawful visitors which causes loss to the exchequer.
Principal booked for violating ban
The Fateh Jang police on Wednesday booked the principal of a non-public establishment for allegedly holding common courses at this institution in clear violation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) preventive measures introduced by the federal government.
Sources mentioned that town police acquired a grievance that the Wajid Memorial Faculty was holding common courses for girls and boys in violation of the ban.
On receiving the grievance, a police squad raided the varsity and located dozens of scholars finding out on the college. On seeing the police squad, the varsity’s principal fled.
The Fateh Jang police registered a case towards the varsity’s principal beneath part 188 of the Pakistan Panel Code.
(With extra enter by DNA)
Printed in The Categorical Tribune, March 19th, 2020.