Problems during online classes and laziness of HEC – Daily Notable
Letter to the Editor Daily Notable
COVID-19 has caused serious damage to higher education in all over the world. Pakistan also has closed educational institutes like other countries, due to spread of Corona virus. Almost three and half months have been passed and mostly universities have started online classes, Higher Education Commission (HEC) have done nothing in facilitating students for continuation of their education.
Promise from HEC
From very start HEC have announced provision of internet packages at low price for students and asked the universities to develop Learning Management System (LMS) for proper commencement of online classes. But after more than three months nothing have been done.
Problems faced by Students
Mostly universities are using Zoom software for online classes, which is not completely free and only offer one class of forty minutes in free account. Students and teacher needs to join new session after forty minute. Another issue is slow internet, for continuous streaming students need a high speed internet which is not available in most cities. Mostly students belong to middle class families cannot afford high speed internet service. Many universities lack LMS which necessary for proper commencement of classes, attendance record and fair marking. This issue caused a feeling of uncertainty in students. When they do not have their attendance recorded and they cannot receive their cumulative grades.
HEC have started very well by planning to provide cheaper internet and setting up LMS in universities but this plan was not practically done. HEC needs to practically take steps and provide cheaper and fast speed internet service in allover Pakistan. Secondly HEC should make it necessary for universities. To provide free training and subscription of paid software like Zoom and Microsoft Teams. To faculty and students, so that they can easily continue their learning process.
Muhammad Saad Khan