Pakistan to launch Rs3b STEM schools project to promote digital education in the country

The Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, said the first-of-its-kind project in the country intends to promote STEM schools for the grades six, seven, and eight.

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The government of Pakistan has decided to launch a PKR 3 billion STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) school project to promote digital education in the country.

The Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, said the first-of-its-kind project in the country intends to provide STEM schools for the grades six, seven, and eight.

Bright Future

While sharing the details at an international webinar, organized by Coded Minds Pakistan, a global iSTEAM and leadership company, the Minister said, “This year, we abstracted 464 schools at the federal level from all the provinces that we are converting into a STEM school system. Digital education is the only way forward to ensure a bright future for the country. We want to take up about 5,000 government schools and convert them into STEM schools.”

Dr. Ahsan Feroz of Pakistan Science Foundation, who is managing the project, said, “STEM schools would be the education image of Pakistan. The project is currently in the approval phase. As soon as the budget is approved, we will immediately start working on it.”

Internet Availability

The Education Minister of Punjab, Dr. Murad Rass, said, “Lack of internet availability is the main issue to promote online education in the country. Only 38% of people in Punjab have internet in urban areas. However, if you go into rural areas, it is only 18%.”

The Education Minister added that the province has 18% of computer availability, while smartphone penetration is only 17%.

Keeping this reality in mind, Dr. Rass said the government of Punjab has started a distance learning via national TV, which has 91% penetration.

While concluding the discussion, the founder, and president of Coded Minds, Omar Farooqui said that the coronavirus had given us an excellent opportunity to establish public-private alliances.

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