Technology is nowadays playing a key role in the education system with online courses, books, and other study materials readily available on the internet. New platforms are being introduced online that are benefitting the education system as a whole. However, in Pakistan, insufficient use of the technology and internet in the education system is turning out to be a major hurdle in providing quality education to the children.
However, the KPK government is changing the educational system of Pakistan by introducing technological developments in its educational system. The provincial government has set up 1,340 IT labs with up-to-date technology along with 700 IT lab teachers and assistants who will be responsible to educate students about all the virtual learning tools and the latest technology.
Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) have also been introduced in the province backed up with solar panels in order to allow teachers to create digital content. All these technological developments are been done by the government in public schools which is now bringing the level of education in these schools above the private schools.
And this change in system has been one of the key reason for people shifting from private schools to public schools as the quality of education and facilities provided in public schools are now much better than private schools. Cost of education is also quite low amongst public schools as compared to private schools which is another reason why people are now opting for them.
KPK government is also taking initiatives to educate women of the province with technology and IT that in future can help them to get good jobs. More than 1,200 women will be provided computer and technological training from 17 districts of the province. Participation of women in labor force is only 22% which is the lowest in the world. By providing technical education to them, these numbers can be increased in the future.
Not only the government is focusing on providing quality technical education to the students of KPK, they are also introducing technological reforms to strengthen their management system. Absenteeism of teachers is a common issue in public schools across Pakistan, but the KPK government introduced biometric attendance and an action management system to cut down this absenteeism. This resulted in a decline in teacher absenteeism and helped the government to recover Rs. 2.7 million from absent teachers.
The educational system of Pakistan definitely needs a complete overhaul and the KPK government is just doing this. Let’s hope that other provinces in the country also take a note of the quality education system been provided by the KPK government and follow the same footsteps.