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National Opinion Poll on Support and Opposition for Remote (Online) Education


The COVID-19 outbreak has dramatically changed the landscape of education across the world. From face to face lectures in a classroom setting, to virtual, video-based lectures – it has been a radical shift. 

Gallup Pakistan aims to understand the potential for virtual classrooms in Pakistan and learn how prospective students across Pakistan are dealing with the current crisis. We wish to gain insights from experiences and hope to help mitigate the challenges faced.

  • 84% of the students did not like attending the online class much, or at all
  • 4 in 5 students felt that they would have learnt more had attended the same class in their college/university
  • Over 7 in 10 respondents do not support the continuation of online education. Net support for online education is -42%.
  • 74% students found the online education class difficult. 
  • 75% of the respondents say that if colleges and universities are reopened normally after the Coronavirus, all classes should be taught at the university/college campuses
  • Over 1 in 2 (51%) students say they use their mobile/smartphone to attend online classes
  • Half of the total respondents (50%) claim using a fixed broadband device to attend their remote classes
  • Nearly 1 in 5 (17%) students cite non-availability of electricity as a serious challenge faced during online classes
  • A high 80% of students claim that internet connectivity is an issue for them during online classes
  • 82% students claim that the quality of internet is (somewhat/very serious) problem while using their phones/computers for online classes
  • A high 87% of respondents claim that they attend their online classes from a room as opposed to being in an open space
  • 2 in 5 (41%) students report being with other people while they attend online classes at home
  • Nearly half (48%) students report being involved in other tasks while attending online classes
  • Almost 1 in 2 (48%) students that responded say they sat through the entire lecture during the last e-lecture