Following Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to digitize education, the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training has launched an initiative for blended e-learning in collaboration with Knowledge Platform, Tele Taleem, and RobotMea.
Blended learning combines online education materials and opportunities for online interaction with traditional classroom methods.
A pilot project for the purpose will be launched in the federal capital where different technologies will be used in different levels of education to test and understand the effectiveness of these technologies on students’ learning.
Commenting on the development, the Federal Minister for Education, Shafqat Mahmood, said that digital and blended learning is the future.
With schools all over the world, redesigning because of COVID-19, blended learning is becoming the new normal. The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training as part of its response strategy to COVID-19 is piloting blended learning project to assist students and teachers in ensuring learning continuity.
He said that a third-party baseline evaluation of the project will help them assess its efficacy and results will be shared with all the federating units. Additionally, this project will be introduced on a national level.
Minister Mahmood also remarked that the STEM approach to learning is also a part of this project while being an important part of the education policy.
STEM education is one of the key parameters on which the quality of instructions between public and private schools differ.
The minister added that Pakistan is taking concrete measures by introducing intensive amendments in the national curriculum to incorporate STEM subjects in a proper manner throughout a child’s academic journey.
By integrating different tools i.e robotics kits, IOT kits with science and math curriculum we shall ensure to improve the quality of learning of the students for STEM education.
For this purpose, the minister said that they will establish discovery innovation laboratories in schools. The pilot project will begin from the new session which starts in August.