DIMAPUR, JUNE 11: Telecom Service Providers in the State are once again facing flak over their alleged negligence despite numerous appeals.
Various student organisations have been vocal about their discontent at the performance of the service providers and its impact on the online education of students.
“The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) is appalled at the continued negligence of the Telecom Service Providers with regard to the poor network connectivity in the region, despite having raised the issue on multiple occasions, thereby wilfully putting the careers of the students’ community at stake”, the NSF stated in a press release issued on Friday.
While poor connectivity has adversely affected the day-to-day activities of all sections, besides banks, businesses and other establishments that rely on internet connectivity, the students and teaching fraternity have been affected the most due to the sheer negligence and questionable business ethics of the Telecom Service Providers in the region, it stated.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the introduction of online academic classes, webinars and teleconferencing as means to adapt to the challenges and changes of the day, poor internet connectivity has brought about much hardships and untold miseries upon the general populace who are being robbed of their paid services, the Federation maintained.
“Notwithstanding, the Federation is constrained to address the plights of the student community and in light of the same, appeals to the Telecom Service Providers to immediately rectify the problems; provide quality network coverage and uninterrupted internet connectivity in all areas of operation in the State and to expedite the process of expanding telecom and hi-speed data services to rural areas currently not within the ambit of network coverage. Failing to do so, the Federation will be compelled to take up necessary measures in the interests of the student community”, it warned.
Also, while appreciating the Department of School Education for launching its online learning programme and online examinations, the NSF reiterated its earlier stand that students should not be at the receiving end due to lack of access to technology and other disparities, “which could well hamper their academic performance and their overall development”. (Page News Service)