Experts call for innovation to meet emerging challenges in post-Covid-19

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Zubair Qureshi

Pakistan’s education system and the country’s educational institutions are facing serious threat in view of the increase in number of Covid-19 cases. The educational institutions therefore need to revisit their policies.

Educational experts, senior academicians VCs and deans expressed these views while speaking at a webinar titled ‘Role of institutions and teachers in shaping youth’ jointly organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Iqra University.

They said efforts should be made to rebuild the role of academic institutions and teachers to be better-equipped in the new virtual world, improved learning process through innovative capacity building programs and leadership development mechanisms.

Vice Chancellor, Allama Iqbal Open University, Prof. Dr Ziaul Qayyum, while speaking on various dynamics of the topic, said we should ask ourselves why we are unable to produce global citizens that may have a complete comprehension of the world they are living in.

He said that after the Covid-19 scenario, a holistic view is needed to analyze that what could be done beyond the teachers training as alternate to face to face teaching is not available in every aspect of learning.

Dr Nadia Tahir, former Managing Director Higher Education Commission, was of view that the standard of education in Pakistan was far below the par even before the arrival of Covid-19.

Dr Fatima Dar, Director Centre for Teaching Excellence and Learning Innovation, Iqra University, on the occasion opined that the education sector had as been affected globally due to pandemic.

Dr Shafqat Munir, Director Resilient Development Programme, SDPI said academic institutions have a critical role to play in developing new concept and shaping up youth in line with the new world that has been emerged after the Covid-19.