February 16, 2021 at 4:21 am
Chitral Times Report
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan chairs meeting on use of technology in promotion of skilled education at Islamabad today. Meeting was attended by Minister for Federal Education Mr. Shafqat Mehmood, Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman, Secretaries of Education, Foreign Affairs, Information Technology Divisions, Chairman NITB, Chairman NAVTTC and experts from private sector.
Minister Federal Education apprised the meeting about education reforms, online education during COVID-19, pilot projects for IT, country-wide “Skills for all” projects and measures taken for promotion of knowledge economy. He also updated the meeting on measures taken to increase school enrolment particularly for girls’ education, Artificial Intelligence & Internet of Things training for 50,000 youth under Hunarmand Pakistan Program, establishment of Skills’ Accreditation Council and partnerships with international organizations. The meeting was informed that after a lapse of 11 years, the present government is formulating Pakistan Education Policy 2021 for unified curriculum. Special emphasis is being laid on technical and advanced education. Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman informed that partnership with international organizations is underway for accreditation, capacity building of teachers, enhanced use of Artificial Intelligence and Bio-Technology.
The Prime Minister observed that education was not accorded due priority in past. He stated that the majority population comprises of youth and their capabilities can only be utilized if they are educated and equipped with latest knowledge and technology. The Prime Minister directed that the proposed Pakistan Education Policy 2021 be expedited along with formulation of a comprehensive roadmap with delineated timelines and targets, in consultation with provincial governments and stakeholder, that caters to the priorities for implementing modern education system in the country.