Are you someone who has resorted to using expletives against Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood for not cancelling exams? If yes, then Ayesha Omar is furious with you.
The minister is ashamed of your behaviour, as is Omar, who recently spoke about it on social media.
"It's shameful. Is this the kind of nation we are raising? So much disrespect for others and elders. Criticism or differences should not lead to disrespect," the Bulbulay star wrote. "Just because you don't agree with something doesn't mean you have to be derogatory and demeaning. We really need to rethink and reflect on a lot of things."
She then added that parents need to be aware of what their children are doing online, suggesting now may be the time to monitor their activities.
"Maybe parents need to monitor internet use. Without being overly strict of controlling. With love and openness. To set the right examples," she stated.
Omar then addressed the students directly, explaining to them what the issue here is.
"Dear Students. Criticism and difference of opinion does NOT mean one needs to be disrespectful. We can get our point across with respect. Let’s try to regulate and stabilise our emotions in stressful situations. It’s better for us and others. Positive manifestations also help," she stated, trying her best to mediate the situation.
Students have been furious for weeks because the government initially decided not to cancel or postpone O and A Level exams. Now that it has decided to postpone them, the students aren't able to avail the school assessed grades option because the exams had already started when the government made its decision.
Students had argued that they shouldn't be sitting for exams in the middle of a pandemic, especially when cases were rising and their online classes weren't enough to help them cover the course satisfactorily.