Minister for revising ICT policy to compete world

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Minister of State for Education, Engr Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman Thursday stressed the need to revise Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) policy in a proper manner to compete with the digital world. Chairing the meeting of the advisory committee here, he said the present education system in Pakistan offered only minimal curricular resources for students as computer studies in Primary schools were in text books only without any practical application.
The meeting discussed integration of ICT in teaching Learning processes in schools, Reviving Education Management Information System (EMIS) for a Proactive Role in Policy, Research, Planning and Management, and outline of sustainable development goals plan.
Preparing children for the Digital World, Integrating ICT in Teacher Learning program through MS technologies, Equip children with Employable IT Skills, Setting up a chain of PC labs in schools and Teacher Training Institutes, Providing access to ICT in schools, Use it to strengthen teaching quality, and enhance student learning, Development approaches to ICT in education, Development of capacity at the Federal Education Ministry and Provincial Education Departments were also discussed.
It was informed in the meeting that the basic purpose of the EMIS was to enhance the capacity of NEMIS in the country and to employ new technological approaches such as using Mobile technology for data updates and verifications.
In the end, advisory committee gave its suggestions and talk about the progress of different ongoing projects of Ministry of Federal education and professional Training.
Targeted goals of the advisory committee were as follow; Every child of 5 to 9 years will be ensured to be primary pass both through formal, non-formal, private and public Institutions by 2018, Dropout will be brought to minimum i.e., 10% by providing missing facilities, free text Books and financial incentives for girls and under privileged communities, Literacy to be raised to 70% with prime focus on deprived and remote areas, rural female, specially in Baluchistan and KPK, literacy will be linked with Skill-Training inclusive of community development, conservation of recourse, health, family life, coupled with employable entrepreneurial competence, Madaris will be given financial assistance to bring their Text Books at par with Normal Schools and curriculum will also be brought at par with general Education, Special Education Institutes will be expanded, teacher availability will be improved along with their competencies ultimately ensuring one teacher for one class, and Introduction of Formal Education in Deeni Madaris by 2018 as part of minimum standards.

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