ISLAMABAD, Oct 6 (APP): President Dr Arif Alvi Wednesday said that it required utmost efforts for Pakistan to join the global race of technology which would also guarantee the future national economic development.
The president, addressing the launching ceremony of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) pilot project, said the children’s motivation towards science education would create actual wealth for the country which would later support the industry and IT sector too.
Under the umbrella of Ministry of Science and Technology, the Pakistan Science Foundation is executing the STEM’s first phase project under PSDP program. The project is initially being launched in 50 schools across Pakistan, selected based on their excellent academic results during last three years.
Calling STEM education “very dear” to him, the president referred to a survey by Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) which showed that the interest of Pakistani children towards STEM was comparatively low in the region.
Quoting a study by University of Sargodha, the president said parents, visiting museum and science festivals as well as encouragement by the teachers played key role to motivate children towards STEM education.
He said China produced around 4.7 million STEM graduates annually, India 2.6 million and Iran 0.35 million while Pakistan would be far behind in the list.
Calling the launching of STEM as a timely step, the president called for adopting the required factors for...
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