PM launches TeleSchool program for students
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday launched first ever TeleSchool program that will telecast education lessons to students amid coronavirus pandemic.
PM said education and healthcare are the two most important sectors in which Pakistan lacks.
“Through mobile phones we can reach in those areas where so far we have no infrastructure as Telemedicine and tele-education is the way forward now.”
He directed the federal education ministry to continue the teleschools even after the coronavirus pandemic.
Shaqfat Mehmood briefed the Prime Minister that there are challenges in education sector like more than two crore out of school children and just 60 per cent literacy rate but the education ministry was taking initiatives like tele-education. He said low mobile phones prices have also been contributing in access to education.
The schooling will be available for 10 hours each day from 8am to 6pm and would focus on students of grades 1 to 12.
According to the Ministry of Education, the content has been aligned with students’ learning objectives for major subjects of the curriculum prevalent across the country. The ministry said PTV had been chosen as the broadcast medium as 95% of the population had access to its services.
The content has been sequenced by officials from the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE). Some digital educational content development platforms provided support on a pro bono basis.
An MOU was signed today between Education Ministry and PTV for the launch of Teleschool, an education tv channel. During this time when schools are closed we aim to have 10 hours of course based classes for children everyday pic.twitter.com/r2cFcViSOA— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) April 1, 2020