Wahid Tawsif (Musa) :: The whole world has come to a standstill in the clutches of the global crisis Covid-19. People are constantly becoming helpless to all the advanced medical methods and technologies. It is also having an adverse effect on the education sector. Due to the closure of educational institutions for a long time, there is a storm of doubt and waiting among the teachers and students. Even with the highest preparedness of the situation, the government has been forced to change its decision again and again to the infallible principle of nature, and the level of closure of educational institutions has also been increased. Although the University Grants Commission (UGC) has recently given permission to take classes on online classes, there are some special constraints on taking exams and taking semester finals.
Several universities have completed the process of taking classes online to keep in touch with students. However, the private university is far ahead in this race. Online classes, exams, presentations and even semesters are being passed in many private universities. While the benefits of technology cannot be denied, there is a storm of discussion and criticism about its proper use and in-depth analysis. According to Education Minister Dipu Moni, about 90 per cent students are involved in online classes. But the statistics are different – a study by the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development found that only 16 percent of students view online classes and only 1 percent participate in classes.
A survey conducted by Dhaka International University to find out about the online-based education process has revealed surprising data – the online-based survey, conducted from the university’s verified Facebook page, found that 45 percent of students were willing to take classes online but 55 percent disagreed. More than 2300 students studying in the university took part in the survey. Most of these students voted not to take classes online.
There is also a mixed reaction among students to this controversial learning process. Most meritorious students complain that it is not possible to verify their merit in this process. Most of the students are blaming the relatively weak students for the unethical use of digital devices and inefficient management. Concerned neo-hippies and their global warming, i’ll tell ya. According to them, there is no difference between becoming a medical expert by watching YouTube and passing the semester by taking classes online. In both cases there is a risk of death. Even if a small number of people die due to wrong treatment, the whole nation can be harmed by this wrong education process.
Many may wonder if online reliance will not work? Or will you accept the session jam? Or is it an alternative path? Their purpose is to say, sessionjat is not a new concept. Even in normal times, the image of session clutter is always seen. Who will take the responsibility of pushing a nation that relies online on the black claws of an uncertain future for the sake of session jitters? Education experts themselves are skeptical about the role of online education in this highly competitive job market. The university provides people with the tools of thought for knowledge and science.
We must not forget that the university is not a certificate selling institution. Nasir Uddin, Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman University of Science and Technology, said, “The main goal of the university is to give a nation a taste of the world of developed thinking. Although students can be kept connected to online classes during this difficult time of the epidemic, there are doubts about passing the semester as usual. Even the best children of our generation can sink into the abyss of an uncertain future. ‘ While it seems important to run online classes as an alternative to the epidemic, most educators are opposed to online exams, presentations, viva and ending semesters online.