Distant Learning, Only Option Available

Human is termed a “Social Animal” for its innate tendency to socialize with fellow beings. Interaction with others carries as much weight as some other daily life affairs do, such as eating food, wearing clothes, drinking water etc., due to the fact that nothing of our duties could be performed without social interaction.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a change in our whole lifestyle. Along with amending medical and scientific dimensions of modern world, it has also managed to alter our socializing patterns. The states have been brought to their knees, businesses have been shut down, industries not running and educational institutions have been closed. To sum up, our social life has been brought to a halt.

Educational sector has widely suffered from this crisis. Almost every country has closed academic institutions for the time being. To cope up with these challenging circumstances, universities have shifted there domain toward online learning system. Pakistan is no different. In spite of concerns shown by students from far fetched areas about unavailability of internet, HEC has instructed universities to take online classes regularly.

The experience of distant learning is quite new in Pakistan. This system has its pros and cons. Leading issue is being faced by students who are never used to it and feel gaining education through apps nothing but wastage of time.

Being a student, I am also familiarizing with this mode of education for the first time, and like myself, majority of students haven’t experienced this system before, so, number of us, students, have complains about online education. Following are some of the genuine issues faced by students

  • The primary issue is of internet unavailability in Baluchistan, ex-fata and some other underdeveloped areas. Students from these regions complain rightly so of what they are supposed to do in current scenario, as they are lagging behind their classmates due to internet unavailability.
  • Internet connectivity and speed issues could be felt almost everywhere in Pakistan. Suppose you are in midst of a serious discussion which requires your complete attention, and then all of a sudden, a connectivity issue takes place. All of yours concentration would get ruined due to connectivity’s issue.
  • As mentioned earlier, both lecturers and students are generally unacquainted with distant learning. Owing to this, the comfort level with which teachers taught and students learned in classroom could not be compared with digital interaction. Having no prior knowledge of application that would be more suitable to their teaching modus operandi, teachers are now bearing the burden as well. Besides, several other complications are also arising, e.g. laboratory and filed work have certain limitations, so they could not be carried out using online medium etc.

For how long this situation would last, everyone is clueless about it. Accordingly, instead of looking toward heavens and waiting for universities to reopen and begin the course work from where it was left off, it is preferable to have regular online interactions, so that once this period of havoc passes by, we would go back to our routine life with ease.

Once this crisis would be over, states around the world would seek ways to improve online learning methodology, since no one knows when humanity would suffer from such mishap again and we would find no other way except interacting digitally. Pakistan should also invest in e-learning sector, because future is all about digital learning.

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