Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood has announced the decision regarding educational institutions that there will be no On-campus classes for grade 1 to 8 in areas affected by Covid-19 till April 28.
On Tuesday, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) meeting held where it was decided that classes for grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 will be allowed to resume from April 19 so that students can finish the curriculum and be prepared for their exams.
Shafqat Mehmood took to Twitter and posted, “Education/Health Ministers of Pakistan unanimously made following decisions at NCOC today: 1) In districts affected by corona classes from 1 till 8th will remain closed till 28th April. 2) In these districts, classes 9th till 12th will resume in a staggered manner from April 19th”
The Minister announced it while addressing the media NCOC held a meeting to review the opening of the country’s educational institutions.
Moreover, universities in affected districts will remain closed and classes will shift online. “Otherwise, universities will function as per usual,” he said. However, commenting on upcoming examinations, the minister said “It was decided that exams for grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 will be held, but because they are our own [boards], these exams will be pushed to the third week of May.”
The following are the major taken decisions:
- In “affected districts” only, on-campus classes till grade 8 will be suspended till April 28
- NCOC to decide whether this closure will be extended till Eid or not
- Classes of students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 to resume from April 19 onwards
- Exams of grades 9 – 12 to be shifted to third week of May
- Universities in affected districts will also remain closed, shift classes online
- O/A level exams to be held as per schedule
- Shafqat Mehmood says Cambridge has assured coronavirus SOPs will be followed strictly during exams