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Shafqat Mahmood Says Health Situation Of Country Will Determine Reopening of Educational Institutes
The federal education minister, Shafqat Mahmood has said that the health situation of the country will determine the reopening of the educational institutes across Pakistan. The minister took its Twitter and announced that the inter-provincial education ministers conference will be held on 4th January 2021. The education ministers will review the situation of the coronavirus pandemic and decide the date for the reopening of the schools, colleges, and universities. Apart from the decision regarding the reopening or extending the closure of the institutes, there are several other agenda that will be discussed.
Decision About Board Exams
In the meeting, the officials will devise future strategies for the resumption of the academic activities and commencement of the annual examinations of matric and intermediate. The ministry will propose the plan to hold the board exams of the next academic year in the last week of May or early June after the completion of the academic course work by the students. Moreover, the education ministers will consider the reduction in the spring and summer vacations as the educational institutes had been closed for two prolonged periods. The lockdown was enforced in March due to which the institutes across the country remained closed for six months. Earlier because of the second wave of COVID-19 the IPEMC had decided to shut down the educational institutes from 23rd November 2020 to 10th January 2021. Now the review session will be held in the first week of January.
Statement of Sindh Education Minister
Sindh education minister, Saeed Ghani had previously said that after monitoring the current situation of COVID-19 it did not seem possible to reopen the educational institutes in the month of January. The private school owners had also stated that they will reopen the schools from 11th January without the approval of the government. They had further added that if the government will not allow them to resume the classes according to the previously announced schedule then they will hold the long march.