Alvi for steps to enroll 27m children in schools

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi has emphasized the need to adopt innovative solution to impart education as about twenty seven million children in the country are out of schools.

Talking to Caretaker Education Minister Madad Ali in Islamabad on Saturday, he said mosques can be used as educational institutions from Fajr to Zohar of imparting education to children. He said online education in remote areas will also be useful in this regard. He said special arrangements should be made to provide education to the people living in remote areas of the country. President Alvi also proposed that online tools of education could also be utilized for the provision of education to the people living in remote areas.

He also suggested to utilize various platforms other than school buildings such as mosques to provision education to the people. Highlighting the importance of education for special persons, the president stressed that special arrangements should also be made for them to give education along with the normal children. With respect to the girls education, he said the girls should be encouraged to continue their education in schools.

He said the universities should equip their students with skills according to the needs of the market. The number of people enrolled in universities for higher education in Pakistan is very less compared to other countries in the region, he said adding special measures should be taken to increase the number of people with higher education in the country.

He proposed the universities to provide higher education to more students with the help of online education and different shifts, adding that besides the 4-year programs, the universities should also start 2-year degree programs. With the help of online and distance education programs of Virtual University and Allama Iqbal Open University, the number of highly educated people can be increased, the president said. He also stressed the universities to focus on artificial intelligence, machine learning, cyber security and cloud computing Matters related to the Federal Urdu University were also discussed in the meeting.