Name it whatever, Covid-19 has more or less exposed the deepest gaps and lackings in the University Education system. More and more it has caused pedagogical blunders, digital skills disaster and above all– poor student-teacher relationship. With the advent of online learning, which has been quite common in western states, Pakistani public universities are facing acute challenges. Already below par teaching methodology has stood useless in this age of innovation requiring growth-oriented pedagogy.
It has never been on university agendas to rethink and align the conventional classroom learning. Doing so with that of online platforms, in case of circumstances demand. That too because vision is altogether missing from the Pakistani education system, let alone, degree manufacturing varieties. Many have said that Covid-19 is An Educational Apocalypse in Public Universities of Pakistan.
Many students, on the other hand, have lately got to know the existence of something like Plagiarism checking software, Microsoft applications or signing up emails even. All these years, internet browsing had nothing to do with productivity or learning; rather it remained limited to random googling and social media usage.
Ultimately, the positives of digitalization were never realized by the general public. They felt content with the idea of the digital world as a demoralizing arena. With more pressure of educational shift over public university students hailing mainly from rural areas. And with fewer resources, the student-teacher relationship has strained more than ever before.
Teachers are facing a different set of the egoistic battle of coming out of the colonial mindset. They are being more easily approachable and more than often availability demands for the queries and confusions of students. Not just that but teachers need to empathize and take into consideration the challenging situation students deal with.
The old master-slave bonding of teachers and pupils needs to be demolished if a way forward is anticipated. Otherwise, the ever-growing gap of communication out of fear of being judged, punished through marks deduction or turned down out of sheer pride. All this is going to impact students’ mental health and aspirations drastically. God forbid, teachers must not be the reason for students to quit studies altogether.
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