This semester has been a challenging one, which has demanded new approaches to teaching and studying. The necessary move to online learning has been trying for staff and students alike, and has left many students feeling unheard or overlooked.This is the case in Bankrupt and Bothered’s letter, and for many more students as expressed on social media and Tuks meme pages.
Dear PDBY Editor,
Over the past few days I have had no power, which as I’m sure many students have experienced, affects the service provided to my area. Even with data free ClickUP, I am unable to access basic services. And luckily I have finished my exams, but with so much to do, I continue to wonder how students who experienced it frequently throughout the semester must have felt, and how this impacted their studies. During exams I received many notices stating that your laptop needs to stay charged and that you will have enough time if ClickUP crashes. But what I failed to see was help given to those who could not access ClickUP in the first place, could not contact IT services, and subsequently were placed at a huge disadvantage.
I understand that times are tough, but when aren’t they? I’m tired of the lack of accountability of institutions like UP. Yes, we know how many laptops you have handed out and how many gigs of data. But how many laptops did you not hand out, how many students do not have access to textbooks and are told to just buy them, how much money are you paying our lecturers to upload these mediocre slides?
I would like to know what UP plans on doing to ensure that the large amount of money being funneled into their pockets is put to good use, to make sure the population of students who are affected by issues like lack of electricity and lack of funds, are taken care of. And most importantly how they plan to make sure that the shocking quality of lectures does not continue into the second semester. Because at the end of the day what are we paying for?
Bankrupt and Bothered
How do you feel about the university’s approach to online learning an the implementation of virtual classes? Have you been positively or negatively impacted by the changes to the university experience? Write a letter to the Editor and let your voice be heard. (See the PDBY letter policy here: Letter Policy)