Schools to Re-open
Govt decides to reopen schools IX-XII from Jan 18.
Federal Minister for Education Mr. Shafqat Mahmood chaired an inter-provincial education ministers’ conference, which was attended by provincial education ministers and other officials via video link. Health Ministry officials briefed on the latest health situations in Pakistan.
The meeting discussed in detail; the proposals for holding board examinations in May and June, reduction of winter and summer vacations, and commencement of the academic year from August 22-2021.“Inter-provincial Education Ministers meeting held today. The Health situation was carefully considered and it was decided that classes appearing for Board and Cambridge exam that is 9,10,11,12, O, and A level, will reopen on Jan 18. Classes pre-school to 8 will reopen on Jan 25.” Federal Minister for Education tweeted.
In the light of the recommendation of the Ministry of Health, it was decided in the meeting that educational institutions from classes 9th to 12th would be opened on January 18, educational institutions from primary classes to 8th on January 25. However, the universities & colleges would start from February 1.
“All higher education institutions/ universities will reopen on Feb 1. However online classes will start for them on Jan 11. Similarly, all schools will reopen on January 11 for Administrators and teachers to prepare for the arrival of students.” He added.
After the meeting, Federal Minister for Education Mr. Shafqat Mehmood said in a press briefing with Special Assistant Dr. Faisal Sultan that a meeting of the Inter-Provincial Ministry of Education would be reconvened on January 14 or 15 to review the situation of Corona cases. The board exams in March will now be held in May and June.
“All Board exams have been postponed to May June. Let me emphasize that this year nobody will be promoted without exams.” said the federal minister.
It should be noted that educational institutions across the country were closed from November 26 in view of the second wave of Coronavirus. Home-based education continued in all the schools, colleges, and universities in the country until December 24.