Jamaat-e-Islami Hind writes to HRD Ministry, proposes for smooth running of educational institutions during pandemic

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Central Educational Board of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has released a proposal suggesting to the HRD Ministry for the smooth running of educational institutions across the country during the ongoing unprecedented time of the pandemic.

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Nusrat Ali, Chairman of Jamaat’s Central Educational Board has demanded Union HRD Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal, that the government should aid private school teachers from the PM CARES Fund or any other relevant scheme. The cost should include teacher’s fees, online teaching expenses and other spending. Jamaat has also requested that the Provident Fund (PF) department/EPFO should give an interest-free loan to the teachers of private schools for three years.

One of the other proposals is that the government must evolve a system for home-schooling, which has to be regulated and facilitated by teachers. Also, interest-free loans to small private schools as formulated on the lines of MSME loan should be made readily available to amplify the education system in a pandemic situation. In order to encourage this practice, it has suggested that the CSR fund which is being used for development purposes may also be allocated to educational institutions and education systems across the country with a ceiling of 60% in this COVID-19 situation.

Speaking about the lack of digital resources in state-run schools, the Jamaat’s board has also urged all State governments in coordination with the Union government to develop an online teaching system by producing online content under respective governments. Additionally, these educational materials can be telecast on Doordarshan and other TV channels other than being available online. Highlighting the huge disparity between metro cities and rural areas in terms of digital access to education, the Jamaat has said the government must provide a limited data facility for students who do not have a smartphone.