The system of education in Pakistan after the outbreak of COVID-19 is considered to be adjustable for students and teachers, but it has many flaws in it. There is no doubt in the fact that online education is the future and classes will convert to online. Still, it is quite challenging for a developing country like Pakistan to adjust to the changing circumstances. Education in Pakistan statistics are very poor- Some people living in suburban areas don’t have digital flexibility yet.
The system promotes self-education; not online education
It is a very challenging task to convert classes of pre-primary level kids online, and most schools have not moved to the online model. Instead, kids have been provided with homework that doesn’t offer the actual essence of learning. The genuine essence of teaching lies in the interactive methods of teaching that develop the understanding as well as critical thinking of kids.
These interactive sessions are a phenomenon unknown to most teachers, which is expected. How would you expect a teacher who orders his/her students to memorize the text of a book letter by letter to understand the importance of concept? Schools that organized online classes have not been capable of providing interactive learning sessions and have distributed materials only. This flaw of online harms the learning process of kids.
The Real VS. virtual system of education in Pakistan
Online classes and traditional classes are totally different in nature. Traditional classrooms are conducted face-to-face while online classes are virtual and complex. The spread and increased use of the internet have affected the attention span of students, and it is way harder for the students to stay focused on online classes. This is a severe flaw in online courses due to which the learning process of students gets affected.
BZU students speak up in protest
Students of universities around the country have also come up with their reservations regarding the system of education in Pakistan. The flaws identified by them are quite reasonable. Hundreds of students have complained about the poor streaming of online lectures due to weak internet connections.
There isn’t even a laptop scheme anymore! Not everyone has digital resources
Some of the peripheries of the country doesn’t even have internet connections available. These areas include ex-FATA, Baluchistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, AJK, and some areas of South Punjab. Student bodies have vocally protested against online classes due to the unavailability of the internet.
Moreover, it has been challenging for instructors, as well. They don’t possess the digital readiness that was required to conduct these classes. This leads us to believe that the online system of education in Pakistan is, indeed, flawed!
A student’s failure is actually the teachers’ failure
Another flaw of the online education system is the dropped quality of teaching and assessing the understanding of students. Except for a dozen private universities of the country, other universities have not been able to successfully design a properly functional LMS. Moreover, the testing or online exam system has not been as efficient as it should be.
Only a fraction of professors have worked hard to design their own courses. In contrast, the majority has just provided students with links, PDFs, and YouTube videos. There has not been transparency in the online education system of universities in Pakistan.
Low budgeting for education, as always
Public universities are autonomous, and HEC cannot regulate every university with a low budget. Chairman HEC has criticized the government over the low budget of HEC as it directly affects the higher education system of Pakistan.
Online education IS the future, and it should be taken seriously. The government must introduce reforms, increase transparency in the conduct of universities, and make a common online resource of educational equipment that must be utilized.
The problems of internet connectivity should also be resolved to provide uninterrupted educational sessions. Teachers should be given the training to equip them with digital readiness. The government must take these actions and draw proper strategies to make the system of education in Pakistan prosper.