President Dr. Arif Alvi inaugurated the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) program today to impart students’ training in the said fields. According to the president, training will be provided in STEM for Matric and FSc students. Students in STEM classes are selected based on their abilities and talent. The program will be implemented across the country, including Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The Ministry of Science and Technology developed the program under the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Meanwhile, 100,000 children in 400 schools will have access to education and training in modern sciences with this project.
The STEM Program
The program that will train students in STEM subjects, will be introduced in 50 government-run higher secondary schools across the country. Students of grades 9 to 12 will be enrolled in the pilot program and selected based on their ability and talent. Moreover, the initiative will expand to more schools and colleges in the next phase in the rest of the country.
The Program Launch Event
In a video message ahead of the program’s launch, Minister for Science and Technology, Shibli Faraz, said STEM subjects had acquired a “special importance” in the world. Sharing details about the program, he added that the program was planned for 2020, and both he and his team had worked on it day and night to give it a practical shape.
He said, “These schools will also be associated with universities. The schools are selected purely on merit, not political reasons. The principals will be our guests in today’s event today’s program.”
Excited to be leading the STEM pilot project by @MinistryofST. The step is taken to enhance problem based learning along with self directed learning in schools. Looking forward to the launch today alongside hon’ble president @ArifAlvi. pic.twitter.com/4ngjrhke2H
— Senator Shibli Faraz (@shiblifaraz) October 6, 2021
The program has three aspects — labs, teacher training, as well as STEM modules, he shared. A new era of progress will start because of these STEM schools in which we have given a new direction to the education system to make our students competitive globally, he further added.
Meanwhile, Fawad Chahudary has also shown gratitude with the initiation of the program, stating:
“I am very happy that this plan is turning into a reality despite delays.”
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
Addressing the launch event, President Arif Alvi said that STEM subjects have acquired a “special importance” in the world, adding that the launch of the STEM Program has kicked off a new era of progress and it will enable Pakistani students to compete globally.
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