Teleschool to help locked-down students minimize loss of learning amid coronavirus pandemic
Prime Minister Imran Khan will be inaugurating the very first-ever “teleschool” in the country, which helps to provide education to every home as well as to impart education to students in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Since schools across the country shut down as part of the government’s social distancing measures following the increase in cases of coronavirus.
Earlier the schools were meant to remain shut until April 4 but later extended until May 31 due to precautionary measures for limiting COVID-19 pandemic spread across the country.
Besides schools, there are other business and trade activities that were also ordered shut by the government on March 24 and have remained closed since.
A decision is expected for the extension in the countrywide lockdown for a period of minimum a week today.
The government believes it will help minimize the loss of learning children are facing due to the continued closure of schools.
PM Khan is expected to officially inaugurate the transmission of these educational programs today.
The teleschool will be available for 10 hours every day from “8am to 6pm” and would focus on students of grades 1 to 12.
Programs will broadcast in the morning sessions would be aimed at younger students, while those in the latter half of the day would cater to older students.
According to the Ministry of Education, the content has been aligned with students’ learning objectives for major subjects of the curriculum prevalent across the country.
It added that the content had been sequenced by officials from the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), while some digital educational content development platforms provided support on a pro-bono basis.
The ministry said PTV had been chosen as the broadcast medium as 95% of the population had access to its services.
He also said usage of internet in Pakistan has also been increased, as the country has to adjust to life under lockdown amid the coronavirus and many private and public universities are providing online study platform to their students.
He said authorities will improve their internet access for students in the country soon and students would be facilitating on a priority basis.
New packages have also been introduced at a lower price point by all Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) to help students to stay and study from home, he added.