Digitalization of education sector starts: Ziaullah Bangash

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PESHAWAR: Advisor to chief Minister on Education, Ziaullah Bangash on Thursday said that digitalization of education sector has been started with an aim to improve quality of education by providing state of the art education tools to teachers and students.
Taking to APP, Ziaullah Bangash said that at the first stage technical and Information technology training had been given to 17,000 teachers. He said that free of cost tablets and computers were being provided to teachers and soon installation of electronic boards would also start in classroom.In this era of technology, we want to come up with innovative ideas and use latest technology to develop interest of students in learning , he said.
He said that target of enrolling 0.8 million students had been set at primary level for this year and the education department had successfully enrolled 0.6 million children so far, which is tremendous achievement of the provincial government.He said that more rooms were being constructed in primary schools level to create more accommodation to newly enrolled students, adding government was providing monetary assistance to less privileged families to encourage enrollment and reduce dropout rates from schools.
Ziaullah Bangash said that the government had adopted strategy to make ensure provision of quality education to 6 million students studying in 36,000 government run schools, besides taking steps to enroll dropout students.He said that new policy was being formulated for transfer of teachers which would be based on students to teachers ratio (STR) in schools.
He said that Secretary and Director of Elementary and Secondary Education Department (E&SE) have been directed to chalk out students to teachers policy with in one week.Ziaullah Bangash said that now transfer of teachers would be made in the light of this new policy under which at least one teacher would be available for 40 students.He said that teachers would be transfer from those schools having higher number of teachers to those where teachers are required as par students to teachers ratio. Advisor to Chief Minister said that soon this new policy on transfer of teachers would be sent to district education officer for implementation in letter and spirit.
He said that ban on transfer of teachers had been lifted. He said that in past transfer of teachers was done on political basis which prove detrimental to education system, adding political involvement in transfer and appointment of teachers would not be tolerated now.Talking about reforms in the examination system, Ziaullah Bangash said it had been decided that jobless graduates and retired teachers would perform duties as examiners and papers checkers in intermediate and secondary level examinations.He said that it has been decided that teachers of government schools wouldnot supervise and perform duties in examinations.He said that special cadre staff would be constituted like on the pattern of NTC to select unemployed graduates, teachers from private schools and retired officials for performing duties in examination. He said similarly separate cadrewould be selected for papers checking and markings. Ziaullah Bangash said that this arrangement would bring improvement and transparency in examinations and would also give employment opportunities to jobless fresh graduates. — APP

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