SHANGLA: The students of various universities here have opposed online lectures and classes, saying they could not avail of such opportunities as there is no internet facility in many areas of Shangla district.
Talking to mediapersons here on Wednesday, they said that their universities asked them for online study and had created Whatsapp groups besides sending links for different subjects to study, but they could not access anything due to lack of internet.
Rashid Ahmed, a BS student at the University of Swat, said that that there was no internet facility in his area and as such it was impossible for him to study online.
“Even in areas of Shangla where internet is available it is very slow and can’t be trusted. The university is asking for YouTube sessions and PDF assignments which I tried, but could not download due to poor internet speed,” the student said.
Another student Imran Khan said he was not in favour of Higher Education Commission’s decision of imparting education to the students online because he won’t be able to study at home.
Taqween-ul-haq, CS student said there was no internet in his village because the cellular networks had yet to started high speed internet in it and they haven’t access to internet.
He said it was very tough for them they would not be able to study online lectures.
Mian Saeed Azam, UOS Swat, Shangla campus student, said local teachers were well aware of the internet issue of Shangla, while a single lecture took a week of them due to poor internet speed in Karora.
He appealed the higher education commission to review the decision and avoid destruction of their future.
he said parents deposited their earnings to universities whatever they had for their bright future of their sons and daughters but now the HEC ruining their future through mere online education.
The Shangla students have demanded of the higher education commission to withdraw the decision of online education for the sake of students future because they have been suffering due to unavailability of internet facility in their areas in Shangla and also other backwards areas of the province.