Kiran Kanwal

Kiran Kanwal

The writer has a masters in micro-biology and is an educationist by profession. She has completed a certification on family engagement in education from Harvard. She is also the author of the blog www.acupofkarachi.com and tweets @kiran_kanwal (twitter.com/kiran_kanwal)

Coronavirus: No longer a storm in a teacup

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, which has so far infected more than 118,000 people in 114 countries, and led to 4,291 deaths, was declared a level six pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on March 11, 2020. What makes matters worse is that the virus has wiped out six trillion dollars from the global stock market during just the past seven days. Therefore it is of extreme importance that Pakistan comes up with an appropriate strategy to combat this menace.  On March 8, 2020, a German research paper explained the rapid spread of this virus. According to the study, during the earliest ...

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Corporal punishment: Legalised aggression with deadly consequences

If you were born in the early ’90s and attended school in Pakistan, it is likely that you were either subjected to or witnessed someone else being subjected to some sort of physical punishment in the classroom. Admittedly, most of us laugh at such incidents in hindsight, however, it is not safe to assume that everyone has the emotional capacity to overcome potentially scarring instances of physical abuse. Fortunately, I did not have to endure any forms of physical punishment, but some of my peers were not so lucky. When I was 10, I briefly attended a private school in ...

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