It is basically a Pakistani politician’s mantra that they have to mention improving the education system in the country. Now whether or not they work on it or how they work on it is obviously debatable and in most cases, they receive flak for what they are doing. Politicians and certain influential figures stress on education but their version refers to it as a vast term and when they talk about improving the quality of education, they fail to mention how.
In terms of education, Pakistan has a lot to do whether it’s the huge gap between private and public schools, the rise in ghost schools and the lack of attention the government in actuality pays towards education despite a strong tendency which many governments that came in the country have expressed in words.
Although, digitizing the education system in the country is something that seems like a dream at present due to the fact that the country needs to do a lot with regards to education before it starts digitizing it. In reality, it is not and before the country lags behind like it always has, unfortunately. Pakistan needs to start digitizing the educational system as soon as possible.
The elimination of paper and the introduction of everything digital
A piece in The Atlantic called Google Docs as among the hottest chatting apps among teens as students were passing around notes in class using the application. The introduction of mobile phones, laptops, and other digital tools need to be a necessity in Pakistani classrooms.
The world is progressing at a fast pace and from television to Netflix, ordering food via a phone call to delivery apps the education sector as well is moving from paper to digital at a rapid pace.
Pakistan too needs to get in on the digital education phenomenon as well. The digital education setup in Pakistan right now is so far limited to elite private schools and colleges.
A huge advantage for Pakistan’s economy
As per a study of Overseas Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI), digitizing the economy of the country can boost the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Pakistan to $50 Billion and can create 4 million jobs. The introduction of a collective digital setup to Pakistan’s education system is one such initiative which can assist in this regard.
China’s role in digitizing the education system in Pakistan
Realizing the potential of digitizing the education system in Pakistan, a report indicated that the government of China was going to invest PKR (Pakistani Rupees) 6 billion to digitize the educational curriculum in schools in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It would be a positive step towards introducing the current modernized educational trends in the province. The Chinese project is to be conducted in three phases starting with selecting a few educational institutions in the provinces and after its success; it will expand to other educational institutions across the province.
Pakistan’s educational set up is not up to the mark and it’s spending on education, as a percentage of GDP is the lowest among nations in South Asia.
Digitizing the educational set up of the country with the help of allied countries like China can help the education system of the country go towards a technological route and can also improve the quality of education by taking it to new and higher avenues and prove beneficial to the country’s economy as well.