FDE sets up 200 computer labs in educational bodies

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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has established over 200 modern computer laboratories in different educational institutions across the capital in league with the Knowledge Platform.

Addressing an annual awards ceremony for the Learn Smart Pakistan (LSP) challenges, Directorate Director General Hasnat Qureshi stated that nowadays the technology has become a major tool of learning and it played important role in enhancing the abilities in individuals especially in the students and the youth as they have to lead the nation.

While giving the example of the other countries advanced in modern technology, he said that currently Singapore was considered best in technology. He suggested that the teachers as well as students in schools/colleges at all levels should encourage others to involve in technology at maximum, adding that it was double edge source of learning.

“It is fact that the female teachers’ ratio in the technology sector is less as compared to their male counterparts due to various social and cultural barriers, which should be increased particularly on a primary and secondary level as these are the level where only the teacher who makes difference,” he maintained.

LSP, a non-profit initiative launched in 2014 with the aim to provide quality education for free, is a digital learning platform for teachers and students from grades 6 to 12. The LSP offers a variety of educational material and virtual practice challenges structured on the board exams to its users.

A total of 19,743 people participated in the competitions – more than double the number from the previous year. A geographic distribution shows that 5357 of the total participants were from the Federal Capital Territory area, 8004 were from Punjab, 4252 were from Sindh, 1721 were from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 233 were from Balochistan. About 88 people from Azad Jammu Kashmir, 78 from Gilgit-Baltistan and 10 from FATA also took part in the competitions.