According to the district administration, Students in South Waziristan is the first district to facilitate students with free internet access so that students learn digitally amid Corona pandemic.
Administration of South Waziristan tribal district and Frontier Corps (FC)-South have set up internet cafes at many places in South Waziristan so that students can take their online classes and get the advantage of the internet for free of cost.
Deputy Commissioner South Waziristan Tribal District, Hameedullah Khan talking with media said that initially the administration has arranged three internet cafes in Wana, Chagmalai and Mula Khan Serae, with seating accommodation for 150 students at a time.
“Hopefully, we may arrange more internet facilities for the students to facilitate more students by setting up internet cafes in other areas too where we can accommodate a larger strength of students demanding this facility,” he said.
Ghulam Abdul Qadir, a citizen of the Chagmalai area in South Waziristan, said that the lockdown for coronavirus had influenced the students as their studies got disturbed after unfortunate closure of universities all over Pakistan.
Abdul Qadir, a student of the Punjab University said that “It is good now that we can continue our studies online while sitting in the abandoned Waziristan, for which we are grateful to the government,”
Another student, Muhamamd Haris, said that he had been fed up with the corona lockdown at home, but now he could come to the internet cafe arranged by the district administration in Wana where he could continue his studies online and surf the internet.
A local elder, Malik Kalam, said that they have been happy to see his children attending the online sessions and surfing the internet in Wana. “This is the first step, and hopefully, the internet speed will be improved in the future.
Another elder, Khial Muhammad Wazir thanked the authorities and said that his son used to go out of Wana for an internet facility but now at least he could use it in this area.