CHALLENGES TO ONLINE EDUCATION DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC: STUDENTS’ RESPONSE AND LESSON LEARNED FOR SHAPING THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IN DISTRICT BAGH AZAD KASHMIR
Keywords:Challenges, Covid-19 Pandemic, Online Education, Students’ response, Bagh Azad Kashmir.
Nature: The covid-19 crises have forced education systems worldwide to find alternatives to face-to-face instructions. Online education has traditionally been viewed as an alternative pathway. Secondary school students were the most susceptible ones to face social and academic challenges.
Purpose: The current study is designed to identify and assess the challenges faced by secondary school students’ online education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Method: This study employed the descriptive survey design using the quantitative and qualitative research approaches. In the survey, method interviews were conducted for the collection of data. Descriptive design of the studies comprised of a quantitative approach. The study was carried out in District, Bagh Azad Kashmir, with an estimated population of about 9,553 according to the District Education Officer.
Findings: online learning cannot produce effective results in remote areas like Kashmir, where a huge majority of students are not able to access the internet due to technical and financial issues.
Implications: This study is expected to help in shaping the education system for the future. The study is further expected to help the policymakers and stakeholders to equip the students and educational institutions in Pakistan with more advanced skills and technologies to respond to such situations efficiently and effectively.