"Newton" platform for education in the time of Corona
Iraq sacrifices the education of half of its students
Investigation: Nour Faraj
Two years ago, Muhammad failed for the second time. He had to stay in the fifth grade of primary school while his classmates moved on to middle school. At the beginning of last year, the teacher's director told him - against the background of his many fights and repeated failure - that he was "a failure and no solution works for him", and he summoned his guardian, so his father decided to discipline him by depriving him of school.
Muhammad (12 years old) says:
I was happy at first because I wanted to leave the school, but I watched my friends go to school in the morning, and none of them were left on the street...I felt alone
After that, Muhammad committed to going to school, and promised that he would not climb the fence to escape as usual, but he was surprised after a few weeks, he and 11 million students in the primary and secondary levels, to stop lessons in person because of the measures to prevent the Corona pandemic. That was in February 2021.
The ministry followed up the decision to close schools, by calling for the adoption of e-learning. It also announced the launch of the (Newton) electronic educational platform to complete the curricula remotely. But Muhammad did not join the stage, he or his sister, as the father of M…