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April 21, 2020

President for promotion of online education

Islamabad

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April 21, 2020

Islamabad:President Dr. Arif Alvi directed Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training and Higher Education Commission to work for the promotion of online education in the country, says a press release.

The meeting discussed various options to continue the provision of education in view of the closure of educational institutions. Highlighting the importance of education the President said that the country needed to adopt innovative information and communication technology to minimize the loss of students in this pandemic.

Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood, briefed the president about the initiatives 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 started a TV channel, called Teleschool, to broadcast ready-to-air content on major subjects (English, Math, Urdu, Science, etc) for grade 1 to 12 from 8 am to 6 pm everyday.

He said that 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 appreciated 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.

The meeting was attended by Federal Minster for Education Shafqat Mahmood, Parliamentary Secretary for Education Wajiha Akram, Federal Secretary Dr. Sajid Yoosufani, Technical Adviser. Umbreen Arif, HEC Chairman Dr. Tariq Banuri and Cambridge International’s Country Director of Pakistan Uzma Yousaf.