Administrative hiccups delay smart school project

ISLAMABAD: The smart school project is facing delays due to administrative issues, officials said on Tuesday.

The project meant to upgrade selected government schools at par with international standards was conceived in 2016. The smart schools were supposed to enrol high-performing students from other state run school and also engage the best available faculty.

According to an official of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), the idea of upgrading educational facilities in 32 public educational institutions across the country under this project was conceived and launched by Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms by the year 2016.

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An amount of Rs200 million has been allocated for implementation of the project “Establishment of Smart Schools in Islamabad Capital Territory” in the budget of the year 2018-19, aiming transformation of public institutions through adding latest facilities. “However, the project is lingering for the last two years with no significant work initiated so far due to administrative changes in the respective departments, causing delay,” the official said.

The project, as a part of Prime Minister Education Reforms Programme, was one of the major steps towards first goal of Vision 2025, which refers to human and social capital.

The project was supposed to transform 32 schools, 24 from Islamabad Capital Territory and eight from provinces, into Smart schools by introducing blended learning approach through the use of modern technology.

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The project was all about employing technology to improve learning outcomes of students and brighten their chances of better livelihood.

It was a big step towards revolutionising the education system and contributing to promote the creativity and innovation among students, the official added. The project also included training of teachers and principals of the relevant institutions under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) with the help of private sector regarding use of modern equipment and latest teaching methodologies.  

Published in The Express Tribune, July 4th, 2018.

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