Six-year-old girl in Kashmir wants PM Modi to look into her complaint about online classes

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Responding to her complaint, UT’s Lt Governor Manoj Sinha orders School Education Department to come up with a policy within 48 hours to reduce the burden of homework on small kids

By Bunty Mahajan

Jammu: A six-year-old girl’s complaint to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing her displeasure about online classes that stretch for long hours made J&K’s Lt Governor Manoj Sinha order the School Education Department on Monday evening to formulate a policy reducing the burden of homework on school kids within 48 hours.

“Very adorable complaint. Have directed the school educatin department to come out with a policy within 48 hours to lighten burden of homework on school kids,’’ he said responding to a video clip of the girl who unhappy over the long hours of her online classes decided to raise the issue with PM.

“Childhood innocence is gift of God and their days should be lively, full of joy and bliss,’’ he added.

Lakhs of students across the country are studying online as COVID-19 pandemic has forced people across the world stay indoors and brought changes into the daily routine of all age groups. However, a six-year-old girl in Kashmir was not happy with long hours of her online classes and she decided to raise the issue with PM.

A journalist Aurangzeb Naqshbandi shared her video on social media with the caption “A six-year-old Kashmiri girl’s complaint to PM Narendra Modi regarding long hours of online classes and too much school work.” 

Begining with “ Assalamualaikum, Modi Sahab’’, the girl says “main ek ladki bol rahi hoon. I am six-year-old’’.

Pointing out that she wants to apprise him about zoom classes for small kids and students of senior classes, she asked that why teachers give so much of work for small kids who are six-year-old? So much work is to be given to students of senior classes, she added.

“When I wake up in the morning then she has to attend online classes from 10 am to 2 pm,’’ she said, adding it starts with English, followed by Math, Urdu, EVS and then Computer.

“So much of work is to be given to students of senior classes studying in 6th, 7th and 10th.  Chotey bacho se itna kaam kyun rakhtey ho Modi Sahab’’ (Why give so much home work to small kids, Modi Sahab), she asked, using hand gestures to show the stress she faces every day.

After a few seconds of silence, she said, “What can be done? 

Assalamualaikum, Modi Sahab, Good Bye.”

The video clip, which was posted on Twitter on Saturday, got over 57,000 views and 5,000 likes. Not just that, nearly 1,200 users have retweeted the video and many others have reacted to her complaint.

A user wrote the “cuteness level” was more than the “altitude of Himalayas.”

“What a cutie. Modi ji, are you listening to the woes of this young girl who is representing many young minds? Save them from this torture called online classes,” wrote another.

Then, there was one who shed light on something extremely crucial to learning among the kids. He said: “We need to understand how this pandemic has affected innocent children badly”. “A child should be made excited for studies instead of making them feel exhausted. So sad to see her like that,” the tweet read.  

Some agreed that the concerns raised by the little girl were legitimate and must be looked into.

Valid Question – Kids are using phone for 5 6 ours which may impact their eyes and dark circle in such young age – @[email protected] should think about it – The complaint of this little girl needs to be sorted out…. Too much of screen time is not good for the small kids , the classes should not be more than 2 hours.

There were many more like:

Cute girl. Education system should be student friendly. Students should enjoy learning. In India, it is a burden on students. Curriculum should contain relevant subjects. Too many subjects will create unnecessary load on the students and they will NOT be able to learn properly, one said.

She is right. Too much of studies for little ones. There should be more fun and play. On top of that some teachers are very rude. They don’t take in account that due to lockdown children are not able to play outside so that should be little kind towards them.