Schools to remain closed for classes 1 – 8 till Eid, Says Shafqat Mehmood

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood announced that schools for classes 1 through 8 will remain closed till Eid-ul-Fitr in all districts with a high coronavirus positivity ratio.

Schools to remain closed for classes 1 – 8 till Eid, Says Shafqat Mehmood.

The decision was taken in a special meeting of all health and education ministers from all the provinces along with Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K).

However, the federal minister said that schools will reopen in coronavirus affected districts for classes 9 through 12 in a staggered manner so students can prepare for their upcoming board exams.

Speaking about the exams, the federal education minister said that new date sheets will be announced by the board and exams for classes 9 through 12 will not start before the 4th week of May.

The Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood confirmed that admission schedule for universities will be adjusted according to the new exam time table.

Shafqat Mehmood also announced that exams for A, AS, O Level and IGCSE will take place according to the datesheet announced by CAIES and there will be no cancellation. However, those students who wish to appear in exams during the October/November session can do so in the same fee already paid.

The federal education minister also confirmed that Cambridge will not give teacher assessed grades this year, therefore those students not taking exams will take them in October/November session.

Shafqat Mehmood also said that universities in affected districts will continue online classes, however, in those districts where coronavirus positivity ratio is less than 8%, the students will be attending physical classes.

However, the schools will remain closed for coronavirus affected districts for classes 1 through 8 until Eid-ul-Fitr. Further details will be announced by the provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K).

Read more: Schools in Punjab and KP will reopen from 19 April 2021.

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