Schools, Universities to remain closed till April 11: Shafqat Mehmood

Schools, Universities to remain closed till April 11, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood on Wednesday briefed the media regarding updates on the closure of schools after an important meeting of education and health ministers at the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

He said the educational institutions which were closed earlier due to high positivity rates, will remain shut till April 11. Provincial governments and authorities in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan are empowered to take the final decision in this regard, keeping the latest situation in mind, he added.

He clarified that school administrators can continue to call in teachers in affected districts if they want to.

Key decisions:

  • Education institutes to remain closed in COVID-19 hotspots till April 11, which were earlier closed on March 15 for two weeks.
  • Ninth, Matric and Intermediate exams will be held as per the schedule announced by the boards.
  • Govt to hold a meeting with Cambridge International Examinations to check whether a change in exams schedule is possible or not.
  • Provincial governments can decide about adding more cities/districts to list where all educational institutions will remain closed. 

“The meeting noted with concern the worsening situation of the disease in Lahore and several cities of Punjab and  also in some districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” Mehmood said in his briefing.

Mehmood said the authorities are aware of the losses borne by students, but the health of children is the government’s top priority and there would be no compromise on that.

Regarding  Cambridge International Exams, the minister said that the government would hold a meeting with the CAIE officials to see whether examinations can be postponed or not.

Meanwhile, “ninth, Matric and Intermediate exams will be held as per schedule announced by the respective education boards,” he said.

The federal minister emphasized that when he says educational institutes, he means all educational institutions, including schools, colleges, universities and religious seminaries.

“The next meeting of the education and health ministers will be held on the April 7 to review the whole situation and then take the decision accordingly,” he added.

“Today’s KNOC meeting decided that the cities that were closed in view of Corona would remain closed until April 11. If any district is to be added to these districts, it will be at the discretion of the provincial government.” Said Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood

“All educational institutions in 10 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 9 districts of Punjab, including Islamabad, will remain closed till April 11, 2021 in view of increasing cases of Corona.” * Federal Minister of Education Shafqat Mahmood

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