Higher Education: Pakistani Student Scales Mountains For Internet Signal

A 22-year-old political-science student from Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province has resorted to climbing nearby peaks each day to get an Internet connection and attend online classes. Saifullah Abbas Afridi usually studies in Peshawar, but universities and colleges were closed to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The government has started online classes and we appreciate the step because it thought to continue activities despite the bad situation. But here in our tribal district, there is no internet.

Afridi says he climbs the peak every morning.

Here I get theories and classes of my political science class via the internet. It is impossible to access the research of academics from Japan, France, or the rest of the world without the internet.

He noted that students from tribal districts living far from the mountain area are out of luck as they can’t access the internet at all. Therefore, they have launched a protest against online classes because they don’t have the internet to attend classes, and their career is at stake.

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