Student life is full of charm and enjoy and every one who is in practical life always miss his/her student life. But with lots of joys and fun student life is also have some challenges and problems. The students of developing countries like Pakistan have lots of problems, as financial problems, poor transportation system of Pakistan, language barrier, insincere teachers and many more problems. Some students didn’t get admission in their desired colleges or in desired study programs. In spite of all these problems and challenges the student life is best period of everyone’s life. Some problems faced by students are given below.
In Pakistan education is very expensive due to the shortage of public educational institutes. We have only 73 public universities and most of the population study in these universities. Similarly, there is short number of public colleges where students can get free education. Our most of the students belong to the middle class and they have very limited resources. Parents can’t afford easily the expenses of studying their children. Lots of students have to work part time to sponsor their studies themselves. In students life nearly every student usually face financial crisis.
Students usually have to buy books, note books, notes of their course outline and meet transportation expenses. They have to bear some extra expenses for that they can’t ask to their parents as bunk classes and going out with fellows, buying gifts for their girl friends /boyfriends and many other activities.
Students can cope with these crises very easily by a little effort. There are lots of home tuitions available for university students to teach students for 2 or 3 hours and earn money to meet their expenditures. Students can also do a part time job which is related to their studies this would give them a practical experience of their field. This experience would be helpful in future for getting a job.
Traffic is a very common problem of the citizens of Pakistan. You will see traffic jams on the roads at morning and evening timings. People are packed in the buses and vans like sacks, young students climb up the roofs of the buses, vehicle's horns never allow you to hear the voice of the person beside you. All of us face these traffic problems but here I'll we discuss how it create problems for students.
Many educational institutes have their own buses to facilitate the students but still there are lots of students who travel through public transports. At morning, people were on their way to offices, school, colleges, etc. So, there is great rush on the roads and that time there is shortage of public transports on the roads. Due to which buses and vans are full. Mostly conductors of buses and vans don’t allow students to ride on buses. Students who are getting late for their classes have to climb up buses as soon as possible and in this struggle sometimes they got injuries in many incidents.
Public transporters should provide more vehicles at morning and evening times so that more and more people should be accommodated at rush hour. Government never thinks about the traffic problems of students. The rain and the VIP movements are also creating a big problem for the students. Last when the Egyptian President came in Lahore in 2010 the most of the students of 9th class couldn't reach to the examination hall due to the traffic blockage and got late from their paper.
Imposed study programs
One of the big problems faced by students is, usually they are not free to choose study program of their own choice. Parents imposed a field of study which is not suitable for the child or he couldn’t feel good to study in that field. This is very common problem of our society. Student wants to be journalist or photographer but parents select engineering for him. So when he gets admission in engineering college he could not perform better. He feels that he is not fit for this field.
Here parents should think about it and please don’t impose any study sequence to their children. You should make aware students about the scopes and problems of every field where they have interest and let them choose a study program. Aamir Khan, famous Indian actor produced a film “3 Idiots” on this topic that students can perform better in that field which they select themselves.
Students when pass their matriculation examinations they face too much confusion about the selection of their further studies. They don’t know which one study area is best for them. Most of the students don’t know the different areas of study rather than Engineering and Medical due to lack of the counseling. They got admission in these sequences and didn’t have enough marks because it was not their interest area. So they can’t get admission in medical or engineering colleges. At that time they are very upset and thinking of their career.
As in Pakistan we don’t have career counselors but now there are few institutes which hire career counselors which guide students. Students should get basic knowledge about any profession before deciding to take it as their future profession. For this purpose they can consult their teachers, parents and friends. The persons which are already attached with that profession are also a great source of information. So you can consult a person which is related to the profession which you want to join in future.
When students got admission in colleges or universities they face a very common problem of language barrier. Most of the students were studied in Urdu and in colleges and universities most subjects and books are in English. They can’t understand it easily.
This language barrier is also caused lack of confidence among students who got education in Urdu. In colleges and universities they meet the students of English medium schools who speaks English fluently they lose their confident in class. Experts believe that students can learn very quickly in their mother tongue but in our Pakistan we are running behind English language.
This is very common problem and nearly all the students talked about it. In our society teaching is not considered a good profession and people who are in this profession not sincere with it. In colleges and universities mostly teachers doesn’t come in time and mostly classes are off due to the unavailability of teachers.
In our colleges and universities students got bookish and theoretical knowledge but to get job they need practical knowledge and skills. In fact, students required theoretical knowledge for their professional growth and development but in job market they need something more. Now there is too much competition in the market and owners only hire that person which has some kind of experience regarding the required job.
This problem can be solved very easily by students themselves. Students can join a company or organization during their studies for the experience. This will gives you much experience and also professional knowledge which would boost your personality.
Students usually have to study in unhealthy and non friendly environment. As sometime the fellows and teachers are very non friendly and behave rudely. Students can’t study at home due to certain reasons as load shedding or have to do some domestic households etc. Some students who are from other cities they face lots of problems of food and residence. In Pakistan female students face very unhealthy environment as usually their family didn’t support them to study, most of girls don’t feel comfortable with co-education are the big problems faced by female students. Now day’s terrorism and load shedding are the big distracting factors.
Lake of basic IT knowledge
Now we are living in the age of information technology. Computer and internet is involved in every field of life. In Pakistan most of the students didn’t have the basic knowledge of computer and internet when they enroll in colleges or universities. Their lake of IT knowledge creates lots of problems for them and they have to be dependent on their fellows for IT related assignments.
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