President Alvi for educating 27 million out-of-school children

President Alvi for educating 27 million out-of-school children

Islamabad (Web Desk/Agencies): President Dr Arif Alvi on Saturday sought the government’s special attention to provide education to the 27 million out of school children through both traditional and nontraditional ways.

The president said this during a meeting with Caretaker Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Madad Ali Sindhi who called on him in Islamabad.

The president also stressed for promotion of quality education and professional training in the country.

"Special arrangements should be made to provide education to the people living in remote areas of the country," President Alvi said.

The president proposed that online tools of education could also be utilised for the provision of education to the people living in remote areas.

He also suggested to utilise various platforms other than school buildings such as mosques to provision education to the people.

Highlighting the importance of education for special persons, the president stressed that special arrangements should also be made for them to give education along with the normal children.

With respect to the girls education, President Alvi said that the girls should be encouraged to continue their education in schools.

He said the universities should equip their students with skills according to the needs of the market.

"The number of people enrolled in universities for higher education in Pakistan is very less compared to other countries in the region," he said adding that special measures should be taken to increase the number of people with higher education in the country.

President Alvi proposed the universities to provide higher education to more students with the help of online tools and different shifts, adding that besides the 4-year programs, the universities should also start 2-year degree programs.

With the help of online and distance education programs of Virtual University and Allama Iqbal Open University, the number of highly educated people can be increased, the president said.

He also stressed the universities to focus on artificial intelligence, machine learning, cyber security and cloud computing.

Matters related to the Federal Urdu University were also discussed in the meeting.