President Arif Alvi will initiate a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programme for higher-secondary students across the country on Wednesday (today).
The new STEM programme will be inaugurated by the Ministry of Science and Technology at 50 public schools across the country including Azad Jammu Kashmir. Students of grades 9 to 12 will be selected on the basis of their ability and talent.
“We have worked day and night to give it a practical shape,” the Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz said. He further mentioned that this STEM programme has been underway since 2020.
“The first 50 schools will be associated with universities as well. The schools have been selected purely on merit, not political reasons.” Faraz said. Special laboratories will be built at schools and teachers will be well trained, he added.
Faraz further asserted that the programme will give Pakistani students an edge globally. Meanwhile, Fawad Chaudhry, the Minister of Information, entitled the STEM project as a “game-changer.”
Fawad Chaudhary expressed his hope in a tweet that more schools will accept the STEM model after it was initially implemented in 450 schools, and that universities have been directed to “adopt” schools and improve science instruction at the school level.
Prime Minister Imran Khan in partnership with universities approved the programme last year. The project will provide instruction and training in modern sciences to around 100,000 youngsters in 400 schools.
Earlier, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood while talking about the improved education quality had said that the STEM programme is an important part of our education policy. “STEM education is one of the key parameters on which the quality of instructions between public and private schools differ,” he stated.