Tribal students are facing issues taking online classes

Tribal students are facing issues taking online classes

Wajeeh Hassan

PESHAWAR: As the federal as well as provincial governments have extended the vacations till May 31 amid coronavirus outbreak across the country, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has directed all the public-sector universities to go online to save the time of their students during the coronavirus lockdown and their academic year. However, this is a problem for the students of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa particularly for the students of remote tribal areas, as these areas suffer from issues of efficient network services and provision of uninterrupted electricity.

A tribal student, while pleading anonymity, told the Frontier Posts that it has become very difficult for him to comprehend the online lectures as the slow video streaming problem is more common in his area.              

He said that tribal students are finding it very difficult to take classes online.

He added that he is pursuing his higher education from a private-sector university in Peshawar, which has already started taking online classes and directed all the students to pay examination fees and informed them to get themselves prepared for the online examination scheduled to be held on April 7. “Neither the students are prepared nor they know about online examination system,” he maintained and feared that online examination might effect their results.  The student also asked the HEC to intervene in the matter and prevent the university from taking online examination and instead take manual examination.      

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