Schools in Covid hotspots to remain closed until April 28

Schools in Covid hotspots to remain closed until April 28

Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood on Tuesday said that there will be no in-person classes for grade 1 to 8 in areas affected by Covid-19 till April 28.

The minister also said 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.

Mehmood made the announcement while addressing the  media after the meeting of the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) which held to review the opening of the country's educational institutions.

"During today's meeting it was decided that classes for grade 1 to 8 will not be held in districts that are affected [by Covid-19] and this will go on till April 28."

"The provinces will decide which areas are the most affected and where this will be implemented."

The minister said that this decision will be reviewed again on April 28, when the NCOC will debate on whether or not to allow classes for grade 1 to 8.

Mehmood also said that classes for grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 will be allowed to resume from April 19 with strict standard operating procedures (SOPs). "This means that classes will also resume in affected districts in a staggered manner so that students can complete their courses to appear for their examinations."

He added, however, that universities in affected districts will remain closed and classes will shift online. "Otherwise, universities will function as per usual," he said.

Commenting on upcoming examinations, the minister said that approximately 40 lakh students across the country give the board exams. "It was decided that exams for grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 will be held, but because they are our own they will be pushed to the third week of May."