PESHAWAR: Lack of timely information and awareness about the online educational workshops organized by Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) for some courses has put many students in jeopardy of the school year, according to sources.
They said the workshops were mandatory for the completion of some courses offered by AIOU.
Usually, the university holds workshops of different courses and diplomas in person on regional campuses or other educational institutions.
However, attending workshops in person was not possible for students given standard operating procedures adopted against Covid-19 and the university has been running workshops online since the start of the pandemic, sources said.
Students complain that they were not informed of the schedule in time
The university organizes five to six workshops for each subject at the end of the semester and before the exams.
A fourth-semester Associate Degree in Education (ADE) student told Dawn that she had not been informed by her cell phone or an official dispatch of the workshop schedule.
“By the time I discovered AIOU’s online workshop system, I had already missed the three subject workshops,” she said, adding that she would only graduate if she attended. at the workshops, which would be facilitated by AIOU. in the next spring semester, scheduled for March / April 2022.
Another student in the same course, who also wished not to be named, said that by the time she learned about the online workshops for her course, she had missed workshops on two topics.
The workshops webpage, she added, seemed intended to confuse students. For example, in the “timeline” part of the web page for the next seven days, it was mentioned that no upcoming activity was planned, she argued.
“To my amazement, when I visited the website after a few days, I learned that the third subject workshops were also underway,” the student said.
A number of students complained that instead of facilitating students, AIOU seemed to focus on deliberately putting their grade at risk.
They said those who were attending the online workshops for the first time should have been informed via their cell phone or by regular mail of the workshop schedule and process.
The students said the university administration should have disseminated information about the workshop schedule through TV channels, social media and newspapers.
They asked the AIOU administration to resume the workshops missed during the current semester so that their study year is not wasted “due to the mismanagement of the university”.
It should be mentioned here that even though students submit their assignments on time and pass the exams with flying colors, they only graduate after attending these workshops, which are offered in the following semester.
No administration official at the AIOU campus in Peshawar was available for comment despite this scribe’s repeated efforts.
Posted in Dawn, le 11 October 2021