In line with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision of using technology in education, the Federal Ministry of Education and Vocational Training has launched a blended learning system, resulting in an agreement between the Federal Directorate of Education including Knowledge platforms, telecom and robotics.
Combined learning is an approach that combines the content and features of online learning for online communication with traditional space-based classroom methods.
The pilot project based on this research will use different technologies in different levels of education to test and understand the effectiveness of these technologies on students’ education.
Federal Minister Shafqat Mahmood has said that digital and blended learning system is the future. With schools around the world, redesigning because of Covid-19, Blended Learning is becoming a new routine. The ministry is launching the project to help students and teachers ensure continuity of learning as part of its response strategy to Federal Education and Vocational Training Code 19, he said.
Highlighting the importance of the project, he said that after a third-party baseline assessment, the results of the initiative would be shared with all federation units and the project would be replicated nationally.
The Minister said that STEM, which is also a part of this initiative, is an integral part of our education policy. STEM education is one of the key parameters on which the standard of instruction varies between public and private schools. Pakistan is improving this situation by introducing in-depth amendments to the national curriculum to include STEM subjects in a proper way during children’s educational journey.
By integrating various tools, namely robotics kits, IoT kits, into science and math curricula, we will ensure that students’ learning quality is improved for STEM education. Innovation labs will also be set up in schools for this purpose.
The proposed program will test pilot e-learning practices by updating 80 classrooms with technology and training teachers on hardware and digital content. Implementation of this plan will begin with a new meeting in August 2021.