Students from different universities protested outside the Higher Education Commission (HEC). Their protest was against the faulty online education system amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the charging of full fees by the administration.
The students protesting had their demands amongst which they asked HEC to bound universities against the charge of full fee during the closure of universities. They said that universities should just charge the tuition fees. As the universities are closed why should students pay hostel fees, lab, library, and transport fees?
Similarly, students also protested that many of them were facing internet connectivity issues as they were from far-off areas. But HEC is still continuing online classes.
A placard held by a Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) student read, “There is always a second option but you don’t have the will and sympathy to solve students’ problems.”
Another read, “Don’t play with our future.”
Asad bin Azam, another protesting student said “At a time when we are opposing online classes, universities are all set to take online examinations. This step is unacceptable to us as in some areas students still have no power supply what to talk of internet connections.”
Students demanded that internet connectivity should be made accessible to all students, otherwise how can they take online classes.