Closure of universities; Political trick or arguing with the Corona epidemic?
Mohammad Tahab Nawabi
Governments dependent on foreign aid are always trying to use every opportunity to get aids or marginalize their failures by resorting to unwise tricks and putting pressure on citizens, without a measure should be taken concerning its negative consequences and consequences.
The Cabinet’s decision to send universities and higher education institutions to a long holiday from 28 November 2020 to 20 February 2021, if in fact the aim is to prevent the spread of the Covid 19 virus, with the exception of other government and private institutions. Do not be, it has its own logic. But at the same time, if this issue is addressed critically, it will be understood that, like other government decisions, it is hasty and far from prudent. First, if the second round of the virus has begun, then why aren’t all public and private institutions shut down and quarantined for the second round? And can the corona epidemic be prevented only by leaving educational institutions? Second, does the government pay all or part of the costs and expenses incurred by universities and educational institutions during the holiday period? Article 4 of the Ministry of Higher Education’s communiqué, decided by the Cabinet, states that no educational institution is entitled to receive fees from students when teaching in absentia during the leave period, while all costs of private educational institutions depend on the payment of fees. It’s their students. Thirdly, what is the problem of professors who teach students in absentia? Because most of these professors have to spend 8 hours at work like normal days, otherwise They are deprived of pay by the institution in which they work. On the other hand, according to figures provided by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, nearly ten percent of the country’s population has access to the Internet, most of whom live in cities, while another part of students in institutions and universities live in rural areas. Live and therefore do not have access to the Internet, and on the other hand, those who have access to this public communication have always complained about the low quality and the provision of such services by telecommunication companies; So the last question is who will be responsible for the mentioned cases?
Because of the above, it can be argued that the cost paid by students, professors, and citizens in general during the leave period is much higher than what is available in face-to-face teaching. Although I am not a doctor, most countries’ experience in the quarantine period caused by the Coronavirus epidemic has shown three ideal ways to deal with this virus. The first approach is to quarantine the general public in their homes for a period of Certain not to be exposed to the virus. The second approach is the opposite of the first method: to stand up to it and be exposed to the virus, which some countries in poverty have accepted, or because of the inevitability and lack of facilities and context. Suitable for fighting the coronavirus. The third method is between the two, which is to use a mask and observe safety distances between people at the same time at home or outside the home. Many in the first period of quarantine have witnessed that the government is incapable of regulating and managing to provide comprehensive assistance to economically disadvantaged people by providing them with necessities.
On the other hand, many citizens complain about health institutions’ diagnostic and treatment services, and this problem remains unresolved. Therefore, considering the specifics of Afghanistan, it can be acknowledged that the third approach can be more compatible with the situation we are in than the first method. If you are all aware that the World Health Organization, with The use of mass media since the outbreak of the epidemic, has made it clear from time to time that the corona is not going away any time soon, and people will have to learn to live with this natural disaster for a while, that is, to adapt their social life to the current situation.
According to statistics provided by reputable international organizations and the Ministry of Public Health on how the death toll from the Coronavirus, Afghanistan is fortunately among them. Even compared to some neighboring countries, the death toll from the virus is less. Have been. According to the latest statistics released by the Ministry of Public Health, the total number of cases of Coved 19 has been reported to be more than 45,000, of which more than 1,700 have died and fortunately more than 360 another thousand have recovered from the disease, according to which the death toll is less than 5%. In Iran, the death toll from the Quid 19 virus is more than 55 percent, and in India, it is 10 percent. Thus, it can be seen that the government wants to increase the attention of its partners to attract their financial assistance by making such decisions, rather than such so-called humanitarian cooperation, a large part of which is due to widespread corruption in the government apparatus. Invisible things are a pity; they are not reduced or interrupted. Of course, I do not have a narrow view that Afghanistan should not benefit from foreign aid, but I am worried about how it will be spent and its cost.
If we look at this issue from another angle, we will come to the point that due to the poor security situation in the country and the increase in terrorist attacks in some educational institutions, the government has done this trick; In other words, the government is determined to use this approach to prevent civilian casualties, especially of students, because the recent terrorist attacks in some of the country’s educational institutions have shown that intelligence agencies are in control of such attacks before the casualties. Property has failed, so this trick may be able to minimize casualties from such attacks. In my opinion, such a vision also has a hasty and somewhat political color and smell. In other words, an inefficient government that has failed to provide security for its citizens now wants to marginalize its citizens, especially the youth, by putting pressure on them so that no one will criticize the men’s government’s inefficiency. While it is the right of every citizen to be physically and mentally safe from any aggression, the security agencies must ensure this right in every possible way. Otherwise, it is considered a threat to their mental security.
Finally, emphasizing that no common sense in the current situation accepts the hasty decision to close the country’s universities, which the government has blamed for the beginning of the second wave of the corona; because the cost of such a hasty decision is paid by the citizens or, more precisely, the silent majority of this country. Unfortunately, the inefficient government, on the one hand, wants to attract more foreign aid by spreading the epidemic, and on the other hand, by isolating the citizens by putting pressure on them, or by blaming and failing. Marginalize the security of citizens, which has become commonplace these days. Based on the reactions of citizens in connection with the closure of universities, which is reflected on social media, the desire of most students and academics in the country is that the government cabinet, especially the new leadership of the Ministry of Higher Education, think about this again and after consultation and consultation With experts and experts in affairs, reconsider the decision No. 1-7 of Resolution No. 25, dated 26 Scorpio this year.