Co-education or not: People should have the right to choose, says Arif Alvi

PTI MNA was criticised on the social media for giving in to Taliban’s demands of separate schools for boys and...


Web Desk June 20, 2013
PTI MNA Arif Alvi. PHOTO: PPI

ISLAMABAD: A wave of criticism erupted on the social networking websites following Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) MNA Arif Alvi’s statement in Quatrina Hosain’s talk show about giving in to the Taliban’s demands of separate schools for boys and girls. Later the MNA cleared his stance saying people should have the right to choose.

During the show, aired on Wednesday, Alvi stated that the Talibans made four demands and one of them was about an end to co-education.

Discussing the demands of Taliban, Alvi said, “If they (Taliban) do not want co-education in the area, let’s just stop it.”



However, a day later, Alvi tweeted, "The government should allow separate schools for boys and girls in areas where people don’t prefer co-education system.



Giving example of separate churches for boys and girls in the West, Alvi said people should have the right to choose.


Alvi added that the choice whether there should be co-education or not should be made democratically.


Following his talk in Hosain’s show, the PTI MNA was criticised on social media for giving in to the Taliban’s demands of separate schools for boys and girls.

The show host also tweeted, saying:




COMMENTS (80)

Gingo | 7 years ago | Reply

Arif Alvi should first make a segregate his clinic for men and women before demanding segregation of schools based on gender.

Rex Minor | 7 years ago | Reply

@Maryam: Perhaps educated in schools and universities but have not learnt to thnk soundly. What the Talibans are supporting is very basis of democracy, the evolution and not a revolution, a diversity of education methodologies and not a rigidly fixed standard as in former communist . Pakistan is a former colony of the the anglo saxon whse education profile does not encourage critical thinking but practices the parroting of the text books material, more or less similar to the teaching of scriptures, just to get the grades and move on to higher classes and the university. Pakistan needs revolutionary education reforms at least for the coming generations. How does one explain to people who do not soundly think, are fearful of others and lack the trust to look at issues objectively? Your narrating personal experiene could help.

Rex Minor

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