President Alvi Demands Better Internet Connectivity for Students
President Alvi was briefed on the problems internet users are facing, particularly students - most of these issues are related to internet connectivity.
As all educational institutes are closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many universities have shifted towards online classes. However, this causes issues for many students who do not have access to laptops and/or are facing internet connectivity issues. Keeping this in mind, President Alvi has demanded better internet connectivity for students all over Pakistan.
One of the instructors at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) asked that since there are many students without android phones, laptop, computers, what is there to even discuss about the issue of internet connectivity? He further stated that the universities should have ensured that the students had a proper infrastructure before offering online classes.
President Alvi’s press release statement says that he chaired a meeting on Monday (April 6) to discuss the bandwidth and internet connectivity issue with Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Digital Pakistan Tania Aidrus, Information Technology and Telecommunications Secretary Shoaib Siddiqui, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Chairman retired Maj Gen Amir Azeem and Ministry of Finance Additonal Secretary Ahmed Mujtaba Memon.
Dr Alvi was briefed on the problems internet users are facing, particularly students – most of these issues are related to internet connectivity. There has been a pressure on the existing internet infrastructure since people have begun working from home and students studying online.
In order to facilitate the internet users, President Alvi has directed the relevant quarters to take necessary measures to enhance internet connectivity so that the students co
uld continue their education uninterrupted. He also directed to improve internet coverage in areas that currently lack internet facilities. Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood recently announced Tele-School to ensure that children’s education does not stop due to the pandemic.
HEC Spokesperson Ayesha Ikram stated that the commission has been providing support to universities to guide them about online classes. Furthermore, she stated that students who do not have facilities such as laptop computers through which they can attend online classes would likely be provided coursework on flash drives or CDs.
“Through online classes, that too only in those universities which showed willingness, we are taking steps to mitigate the educational loss of students,” she said, adding that complaints regarding online classes led the HEC to ask for detailed information on courses in order to inspect the quality of their content, delivery and connectivity.
Universities are to launch their learning management systems, if they don’t have any, by May 31st. Quality of Education is not to suffer through online classes, and HEC has given them time to establish their online classes to ensure that this does not happen.
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