Just finished reading Hackschool Project’s last episode ‘Result day, hacked’. I am not satisfied, at all. Though it did end on a logical note as it has all been about results and exams, but I feel it has ended too soon. We would have liked an episode on the jealous Arisha and may be a little more about Awais as well. What happens to their tutor? Will Jasir get into the college with his scholarship? Of course, Jasir says he is going to use his scholarship but somehow it feels incomplete. Or maybe it’s just my way of saying it shouldn’t have ended. Anyway, will wait for the ‘surprise’. And, I loved the pictures that went with the story as they made it very attractive and colourful. So, I guess it is time to say goodbye to the Moins for now. Best of luck, Iqra! You provided us with a really interesting and light serial.
Tamsila Ishaq, Karachi
In the issue of 28 August, I liked two stories: ‘Desert in a bottle’ by Dr Khwaja Ali Shahid and the cover story, ‘Virtual studies’ by Lubna Jerar Naqvi. ‘Desert in a bottle’ evoked the memories of my visit to Dubai a few years back. We went for desert safari ad had a lot of fun. We also bought souvenirs, but unfortunately this amazing bottle souvenir was not on sale then. ‘Virtual studies’ is something I can relate to as a mother with a six-year-old daughter who is supposed to study online! It’s not easy for mothers, but is especially hard on poor teachers. But I am sure given time and resources it can really work. I, for one, would like my children to go to school, but I feel for this year children should be allowed to stay at home.
Dania Rahman, Lahore
‘Virtual studies’ was a good cover story! My brother is also fond of pranking his teachers, and I often hear the teacher shouting her head off without any effect. However, there is something that I have discovered as well; many teachers are not competent, and instead of preparing lessons well they shout at students like banshees! The way some of them teach is horrendous and unacceptable! So, virtual schooling has been an eye-opener for parents too. Even the way math problems is explained leaves me astounded and I sympathise with all students who have math teachers like my brother. So I think private school that charge so much should get their act together and improve the quality of teaching.
Rabia Ansari, Karachi
Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab:
The Prophet said, “The rewards (of deeds) are according to the intention, and everybody will get the reward for what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for Allah’s and His Apostle’s sake, his emigration was for Allah and His Apostle; and whoever emigrated for worldly benefits, or to marry a woman, then his emigration was for the thing for what he emigrated for.”
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 8
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