President Dr Arif Alvi issued directives to the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training and Higher Education Commission (HEC) to start promotion of online education in the Pakistan.
The president issued these directions while chairing a meeting to discussed various options to continue the provision of education in view of the closure of educational institutions.
He highlighted that the country needed to adopt innovative information and communication technology to reduce the loss of students during pandemic.
The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Education, Shafqat Mahmood, Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Ms Wajiha Akram, Federal Secretary, Dr Sajid Yoosufani, Technical Advisor, Ms Umbreen Arif, Chairman HEC, Dr Tariq Banuri and Cambridge International’s Country Director of Pakistan, Uzma Yousaf.
Federal Minister for Education, Shafqat Mahmood, briefed the president about the steps taken by his ministry for providing education through TV Channel in view of the lockdown due to COVID-19.
He informed that his ministry had begun a TV Channel, called Teleschool, to broadcast ready-to-air content on major subjects, including English, Maths, Urdu, Science etc. for grade 1 to 12 from 8 am to 6 pm every day.
He said the content had been provided free of cost by Edtech Companies and Partners, including Sabaq Foundation, Taleemabad, MUSE, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and Knowledge Platforms.
The President valued the steps taken by the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training in establishing the infrastructure of online education in a very short span of time.
He congratulated the team of the Ministry for imparting education through TV Channel which would considerably help in mitigating the sufferings of the students due to closure of educational institutions.