Poor internet service affect e-classes

Poor internet service affect e-classes
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/20/2020 12:06:45 PM IST

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and most educational institutions shifting to online classes across the State, students are facing problems due to poor internet connectivity.

The very objective of conducting online classes, which is to ensure continuity of studies by the student community, seems to have been defeated as many students and even teachers have complained about poor internet connectivity.

Although internet connectivity across India seems to be improving and expected to get better with even talks now for 5G network, internet connectivity in Nagaland remains abysmal.

Some of the Students in Dimapur informed Nagaland Post that online classes were usually conducted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but most of them complained that they did not get proper wi-fi or broadband connection.

“Internet services providers are speaking of coming up with 5G connectivity in Nagaland, when even 3G or 4G connectivity they provide is awful. They should first provide their 3G or 4G connectivity properly before even talking about 5G in Nagaland,” a student remarked.

A high school teacher, who wished to stay anonymous, questioned why the State government was silent on the poor internet services in Nagaland. The teacher said that she has never been able to hold proper classes due to network issues.

“As teachers, we feel sad for some students as not everyone has the luxury to access wi-fi or broadband connection. So, some of us teachers are sending students recorded voice messages over WhatsApp or other sharing apps. However, this does not serve much purpose unlike the real-time online class, which is also interactive,” another teacher remarked.

Many students and teachers have voiced out their concerns on print and social media about the state government remaining silent on the issue, a teacher said, adding this should be on the priority list as the career of students was crucial during such crisis.

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