NSF appeals telecom service providers to immediately rectify the problem of poor internet connectivity and provide quality network coverage in all areas of operation in the State. (File Photo)
Laments that ‘continued negligence’ adversely affecting all sections of life
Dimapur, June 11 (MExN): Pulling up telecom service providers for poor network connectivity in the state, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) on Friday charged service providers of “wilfully putting the careers of the student community at stake.”
“While the poor connectivity has adversely affected all sections of life in our day-to-day activities, 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,” the NSF Public Grievances Redressal Cell said in a press release. It also stated that the ‘continued negligence’ persists despite the issue being raised on multiple occasions.
The NSF stated that amid the COVID-19 pandemic, online academic classes, webinars and teleconferencing were introduced as means to adapt to the challenges and changes of the day. However, poor internet connectivity has brought about much hardships and untold miseries upon the general populace who are being robbed of their paid services, it said. In this regard, the federation has taken a strong note of the numerous complaints from distraught students, aggrieved parents and concerned citizens alike, it added.
As such, the NSF appealed 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 added.
Further, the NSF while acknowledging the state Department of School Education’s (DoSE) online learning programmes and online examinations reiterated 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 overall development.