PM Shehbaz stresses upon digitisation of education, proper teachers' training

PM Shehbaz stresses upon digitisation of education, proper teachers' training

Islamabad (Web Desk/Agencies): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday stressed that all resources and efforts should be utilised to introduce the modern modes of education including the digitisation initiatives, besides imparting of the latest training to teachers.

The premier said this while addressing the launching ceremony of ‘Teleschool Pakistan App and Google for Education and Digital Continuous Professional Development’ initiative to further revolutionize the formal education medium in Pakistan.

PM Shehbaz observed that teachers’ training in the country was not up to the mark which was unfortunate and cited his experience in Punjab province.

He said that he had directed for steps to improve the quality of about 40 training centers in the province during his tenure as the chief minister.

The prime minister urged the Minister for Federal Education to chalk out a mechanism in consultations with the provincial governments to improve the quality of teachers’ training.

Referring to the significance of the latest technology in modern education, he underlined that if we wanted to equip the young generations with the latest education, we would have to give them laptops and other related gadgets, so that the future builders of the nation could get themselves acquainted with the new modes of education.

PM Shehbaz said that about 100,000 laptops would be distributed among the high achievers across the country hinting that suck-like initiatives would be realized.

The prime minister suggested that the vocational training programme should be taken forward in collaboration with the provincial governments and the private sector.

"Instead of making investments on the brick and mortar, we should invest over the young students by imparting them technical and skill training", the PM added.

The prime minister emphasized that the students should be directly trained by involving the private sector. The best institutions in the private sector should be hired in a transparent manner and investment be made on each student by imparting them proper training.

PM Shehbaz said that the government would also establish a network of Danish schools in the far-flung areas of Balochistan for which huge investments would be made.

He expressed the confidence that the quality education to the students in remote area of the province would help bring them at par with the rest of the students of the other parts of the country.

PM Shehbaz also urged that the educational requirements of the orphan children should be taken care of.

The prime minister, on the occasion, also distributed chrome books among students.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Rana Tanveer Hussain said that quality of education was linked with teachers’ training which was being focused.

The covid-19 pandemic had provided the world with the opportunity to adopt distance school learning methods, he added.

The minister said under the initiative, six channels were being launched which would prove a milestone in the education system of the country.

Rana Tanveer said in Pakistan there were about 22.8 million out-of-school children and resources were not enough to cater to them, he said, adding the recent initiatives would be helpful in covering the needs of these children.

He said that the technical and skill development of the youth was vital and observed that the country’s universities were not included among the world’s top leading educational institutions which was unfortunate.

Representatives of development partners, parliamentarians and relevant officials were present during the ceremony.

Secretary for Federal Education and Professional Training Waseem Ajmal presented an overview of the initiative.

He said digital contents would be created and made available on different medium while a total of six digital channels were being launched for different ages.

The federal secretary said that after the Covid pandemic, 6000 quality videos were prepared.

Teachers would also be properly trained under the professional development initiative, he added.

Under the initiative, 150 chrome books were being distributed among the students while another 6,000 chrome books would be distributed soon, he added.