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'Students to be provided laptops'

ISLAMABAD, April 21(Daily Times): The government will soon launch an ambitious programme to provide one laptop to each student to prepare the youth in line with market requirements, said State Education Minister Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli here on Thursday.

She expressed these views after addressing the launching ceremony of the 'National Information and Communication Strategy for Education', organised by the Education Ministry in collaboration with the Education Sector Reform Assistance Programme (ESRA).

The minister said the government was alive to modern challenges in the education sector and for that reason had planned to soon provide each student with a laptop. She said that under the education sector reform programme, computer labs were being provided or renovated in all educational institutes to promote computer education.

Anisa said the establishment of the regulatory authority was a sincere effort on the government's part to enable private educational institutes to effectively contribute towards promoting quality education.

She said that efforts were underway to settle contentious issues concerning the madrasa reform project and that a board comprising representatives from the Education Ministry would also be set up to conduct examination for these religious schools. The minister said the issue of reviewing the decision to hold composite examinations for classes 9 and 10 could be taken up during the upcoming inter-provincial education ministerial meetings.

Earlier, addressing the ceremony she said a strategy had been formed to introduce information and communication technology at the primary and secondary levels. She said the strategy had been formulated in collaboration with USAID, the Information Technology Ministry and stakeholders from across the country.

Anisa also praised ESRA for its contributions in promoting quality education in the country.

Joint Education Advisor Dr Fayyaz Ahmed said on the occasion that the process for developing the strategy had begun in December 2004. National Institute of Science and Technical Education (NISTE) Deputy Director General Dr Habib Khan highlighted the significant features of the strategy and stressed the need for concerted efforts to make every student computer literate.

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