On Sunday, the Punjab School Education Department (SED) issued a schedule and academic timetable to be followed in all private and public schools of Punjab when all institutions will be reopening from tomorrow 15th September.
The timetable and schedule have been announced for schools, earlier, the government announced the policy of reopening of private and public schools in a phase-wise policy, and now the Punjab government has issued the schedule too.
According to the policy, students of grades 9 to 12 will start attending their schools on Sept 15, in the second phase grade 6-8 classes will resume on Sept 23 after a review of the Covid-19 situation, and the primary sections will be reopened on Sept 30.
According to the Punjab SED notification, the chief executive officers (CEO) of the District Education Authorities (DEAs) will guarantee the implementation of the schedule and academic timetable in the province will also be followed surely, standards operating procedures will also be ensured to be followed by each school.
Moreover, the school syllabus has also been reduced by 40 percent by the School Education Department. The SED has almost reduced half of the syllabus as compared to the normal academic calendar due to the crisis of pandemic.
The notification states that the CEOs, in consultation with the Quaid-e-Azam Academy for Educational Development (QAED), are required to devise a grade-specific customized framework of action in line with guidelines issued, inclusive of the reduced syllabus for the current academic session.
The reopening of all private and public schools carries many rules where the division of students into two equal groups, class-wise is also included. For example, Group-A and B and concerned monitoring officers will be updated accordingly about it. The district education officer (DEO) concerned will have to keep the compiled data for inspection of monitoring committees.