Covid 19 & brewing educational crisis

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Amnah Shaukat
Are educational institutions in Pakistan well equipped to deliver online education to the students? Is
internet reachable to everyone? Can each student afford smart phone or laptop? Is teaching staff
competent to deliver lectures online? After the spread of Covid- 19 Higher Education Commission (HEC)
directed closing of all universities and institutions in the country and asked them to commence classes
online to avoid educational loss because of pandemic. But unfortunately students are facing alot of
problem in this shift .And it’s troublesome for the students and teachers residing in remote areas. They
don’t even have proper mobile phone signals how they can have access to internet. There are many
families who only have one computer but 3 4 children’s having online class at the same time so it
becomes really arduous for them to manage classes for all the children, many students cannot afford
laptop, some don’t even have smart phones and even if they have don’t have knowledge to operate it or
have internet facility in it. So it’s hard to disseminate online education to such group. Majority of
teaching faculty is not aware of the online teaching procedure and its hard for them to manage.