Pakistan’s educational crises gets worse as the lack of internet forces Pakistani students to quit studies
A damning report by the British newspaper, The Guardian, reveals that students belonging to the lower-income communities in Pakistan and the far-flung areas can no longer afford education due to the non-availability of the Internet and transition to distance learning.
Marvi Soomro, the founder of the education charity IEI Pakistan, says that regions like Gilgit-Baltistan have been completely isolated due to lack of technology access since families can no longer earn through tourism to sell livestock to make ends meet.
Seema Aziz, the founder of Care Foundation, showed concern that attendance will dwindle further as the lack of internet outside big cities makes distance learning next to impossible. “We tried to start online learning on smartphones in a few of our schools, but there’s no mobile signals or internet access for many of our students at home.”, she says.Despite the government’s measures to introduce EdTech to accelerate education in Pakistan during COVID, the low-income populace has benefitted little from the penetration of technology in the education sector. Despite numerous projects worth billions that are aimed at accelerating IT growth through faster internet speeds, broadband infrastructure, and better connectivity in the remote areas, Pakistan’s Internet quality remains one of the lowest in the region.The under-developed or remote areas are yet to get in sync with the urban centres, in terms of technological advancement and internet access and until that happens, education related issues that can be seen as sympotms of the bigger issue, will continue to haunt the country’s majority.Source: The Guardian.