PM launches TV channel to educate children at home

Premier Imran says medium will benefit children living in remote areas having no primary education infrastructure.

Rizwan Ghilzai April 13, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan says medium would also benefit children living in remote areas having no primary education infrastructure.. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday launched Tele School Television Channel with an aim to impart education to children at their doorsteps especially during the lockdown situation.

“The channel would also benefit those children living in remote areas where there is no infrastructure for primary education,” he said while addressing the launching ceremony of the channel in the federal capital.

“The initiative should continue after the end of coronavirus disease,” he stressed.

The premier assured that the government would utilize all its resources to improve the channel.

He felicitated the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training and Pakistan Television for joining hands to launch the channel.

He termed the initiative a revolution saying in the current circumstances the whole world was heading toward distance education.

Referring to his home constituency Mianwali, he pointed out that there were several complaints of low standard of education in government schools of remote areas in the country.

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The premier remarked the Tele School Television Channel was an opportunity for the parents to teach their children and maintained the step would also help a large number those children who had dropped out of schools.

He observed the Tele School Television Channel would promote education among the youth.

Later on, Federal Education and Professional Training Minister Shafqat Mahmood stated that around 20 million children in the country were out of schools.

“During the last 70 years, Pakistan's literacy has been just 60% in which those people are also included who can just write their names,” he said.

Mehmood reiterated in the present critical situation, the launch of channel was a great opportunity as it would help the children to acquire education through their mobile phones.

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It will broadcast programmes from 8 in the morning till 6 in the evening every day and will deliver content for the students of grades 1 to 12.

The channel, which is an initiative of the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, will be available on satellite, terrestrial and cable.

The morning session which includes English, Maths, Urdu and General Science lessons is dedicated for junior students while the next session which includes all subjects is for senior students.

The education ministry has also developed a course schedule for the channel.

With input from APP