Imran Khan Launches Tele School For Children’s Distance Learning

PTV to launch Tele School to support distance learning

UPDATE: The first Tele School Television Channel of Pakistan begins its telecast from Monday, April 13, 2020. PM Imran Khan proudly launched the channel to promote education to children, especially during the current lockdown situation.

An initiative of the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, the Tele School channel will be available on satellite, terrestrial and cable. The broadcast programmes will air from 8 am to 5 pm every day and will deliver content from grades 1 to 12.

The AM programmes will focus on junior students with a focus on English, Maths, Urdu and General Science lessons while the next session with all subjects for seniors.

The education ministry on Wednesday signed an agreement with Pakistan Television to launch a TV channel, Tele School, as an alternative to delivering educational content during the closure of educational institutions in the wake of coronavirus.

Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood Wednesday announced that state-run Pakistan Television (PTV) is likely to start broadcasting distance learning classes through Tele School channel for students of Grade 1 to 12 from next week.

PTV has assured that they will be supporting the Education Ministry wholeheartedly, and will give Tele-School 8 hours of airtime every day for the promotion of education. The Minister for Education, Shafqat Mahmood, stated that Tele-School will work on the promotion of education for the next 3 months.

Taking to Twitter, the minister said that the aim is to provide students 10 hours of course based classes every day.

Tele-School will be available from 8 am to 6 pm. Mahmood said that during the morning session, juniors will be given classes followed by seniors. Parents and students will be informed about the schedule of the said channel through advertisements.

The ministry was also preparing a feedback mechanism where students could easily get replies to the questions regarding their courses, Shafqat said.

He said the Higher Education Commission had already asked the universities to start online classes after the lockdown was announced, but the students faced connectivity issues in the country’s far-flung areas.

The ministry was holding meetings with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Universal Services Fund (USF) to improve the connectivity and give access to students living in the remote areas, he added.

To facilitate students, the PTA had also launched a Consumer Support Center with efficient and trained agents, who would listen to the complaints regarding access to service and connectivity.

The content will be finalized and handed over to PTV in the next few days, as broadcasting is to start in the next 10 days. One official from the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) claimed, “The content has been completed up to the matric, and will be handed over to PTV in the next three days. After a few days, we will provide them with other content related to intermediate.”

The minister said that educational institutions are to be reopened on June 1, but the Ministry of Education signed three-month agreement with the PTV, as one month is a backup time just in case the situation worsens.