Dr. Tariq Banuri, the Chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) said that HEC has devised various strategies to restore academic activities online for students across the country. Students have been suffering due to the closure of educational institutions in Pakistan amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Dr. Banuri, HEC has inked an agreement with telecom companies to offer special data bundles for students at an affordable rate. This is especially for those students who reside in distant areas.
Furthermore, HEC is considering providing smartphones to the students who are not able to afford to purchase one. This decision was taken after many students were absent from the online classes as they did not own a smartphone. Universities have been asked to provide HEC with the data of such students.
The issues of poor or no connectivity in remote areas will also be addressed step by step by the government and telecom companies as per Dr. Banuri.
The HEC Chairman said that countries are conducting online classes all over the globe.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries across the globe are conducting online classes, stated the HEC Chairman.
“Face-to-face teaching is halted at all educational institutions across the globe after the Coronavirus pandemic. Countries with resources and capacity have opted for the online education system. Pakistan should move towards online classes until circumstances become normal in line with the approach the developed countries have opted for during the current situation. Coronavirus has badly affected the education system not only in Pakistan but across the globe.”
About the resumption of online classes, Dr. Banuri said that universities facing technological, technical, or spatial limitations will begin online classes through LMS from June 1st in case that the lockdown is extended.