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Shafqat Mehmood stresses promotion of IT, digital communication

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood has called for the promotion of information technology and digital communication to meet the country’s needs.

Presiding over a virtual meeting with Ed-Tech Industry owners on Wednesday, the minister said the education’s future was in technology and the Ed-Tech had encouraged innovation in the learning process, adding that Ed-Tech would be a core pillar of Pakistan’s Education Policy – 2021.

Shafqat Mehmood informed that the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training was going to launch a project of $200 million with the collaboration of the World Bank for online content development and it would support to development of Pakistan’s Ed-Tech Industry too.

He said the ministry would also take the initiative to train the teachers to adopt these latest learning technologies and methodologies.“We should use the Ed-Tech to make learning holistic, enjoyable, integrated and to build an environment in the field of education which would make students well-learned and productive”, the minister said.

He said his ministry was focusing on online content development and services and the USF had been asked to enhance the internet connectivity and coverage across the country.

The minister further said a reassessment study would also be conducted by the ministry to gauge the distinction before and after the technological intervention in education. The meeting was aimed to discuss Pakistan Education Policy – 2021 and the use of technology for the purpose.

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