HEC announced that students will be promoted to new classes based on their previous performances hence cancelling the exams for good. Now, the students will have to take admission in universities and medical colleges and entry tests will take place. HEC’s decision was a good one considering the fact that coronavirus is not going anywhere anytime soon and it saved students from getting their year wasted.
Now some studies can be done online but some studies like medical, engineering and sciences cannot be.
Now seriously is a time for pakistani universities to build an effective online teaching system before the next fall semester begins. Obviously for another one semester or two it is a possibility that studies will continue online, even if coronavirus disappears just right now, things will still take a while to get back to “normal” so thinking that giving inefficient “notes” and “lectures” online can continue just a little longer is wrong. Currently university students are being tortured with blurry note images and online lectures. Most of them are demanding for the semester to get cancelled.
It’s not easy building up a virtual education system overnight, currently only few universities in Pakistan are teaching online: virtual university, comsats virtual campus, allama iqbal university, uet offers some online programs. Either universities start making online bachelors and masters programs or they fix what they are doing.
It is a probability that some effective universities will create online degree programs and students will have to pay to get themselves enrolled in them. These online degree programs should have half the price as compared to regular degree programs or at least 75% less price. Why?
Online education is cheap.
Online teaching and training is NOT the same as learning face to face.
There are PLENTY of online options available, some are expensive but some are affordable! Why should students get enrolled in overly expensive pakistani universities when they can get enrolled in foreign universities offering online courses at the same price.
Everywhere businesses are down and people’s livelihoods are getting finished or reduced pakistani universities should REDUCE their fees not “increase” it like lums fee hike drama. Obviously in most of the cases parents pay for their children’s fees, if they are earning less, universities should also charge less for teaching ineffectively online, students end up learning from YouTube and doing MOOCs courses to give themselves some understanding of the subject.
For students in more practical and hands-on fields they will either need to wait or reschedule their semester or year such that they study remotely.
Private educational institutes are bullying students and parents for fees during this time period which is completely unjustified. They are blackmailing them by saying that they will expel their children hence leaving them in the middle of nowhere. Private schools like silver oaks were pressuring parents to pay school fees, which is not at all justified during this time when everyone is getting hit financially not just teachers. LUMS fee hike suggests that one of the most prestigious universities shows no such remorse for students and will seize any moment it gets to get money out of their pockets.
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