Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain on Wednesday said that Pakistan Science Foundation was going to launch a program today which in his view will be a game-changer.
President Dr. Arif Alvi will launch the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program for higher secondary school students in the country on Wednesday.
According to a report by Radio Pakistan, students of grades 9 to 12 will be enrolled in the pilot program and selected “based on their ability and talent.”
Last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan had approved the STEM project in collaboration with varsities.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had said at the time that special laboratories for science and technology, engineering, and mathematics would be established in 40 schools in the first phase.
Around 100,000 children in 400 schools will have access to education and training in modern sciences through the project.
STEM is a game-changer: Ch Fawad
In a tweet, the minister said the project was designed to convert 450 government schools into STEM schools because the country cannot change unless government schools were modernized.
He said that he was glad that despite the delay, the project was becoming a reality today. He said that after the initial 450 schools, more schools will follow this model.
“I am very happy that this plan is turning into a reality despite delays,” he said in a tweet.
مجھے بہت خوشی ہے کہ تاخیر کے باوجود یہ منصوبہ آج حقیقت بننے جا رہا ہے، انشاللہ ابتدائ 450 اسکولز کے بعد زیادہ سے زیادہ اسکول اس ماڈل پر آجائیں گے ہونیورسٹیز کو کہا گیا ہے کہ وہ اسکول adopt کریں اور سائنس کی تعلیم کا معیار اسکول لیول پر بہتر کریں۔
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) October 6, 2021
Fawad Hussain said that universities have been asked to adopt schools and improve the quality of science education at the school level.
Courtesy: APP with additional input by GVS