All eyes on Shafqat Mehmood regarding schools reopening?

By: News Desk      Published: 11:15 AM, 14 Sep, 2021
All eyes on Shafqat Mehmood regarding schools reopening?
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The Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) will be held today (Tuesday) to decide about the schools reopening or further closure amid the prevalent COVID-19 situation in the country, reported 24NewHD TV channel. 

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood on Monday chaired Inter-provincial education ministers’ conference that took important decisions. Shafqat Mehmood announced the decisions in series of tweets. The minister is expected to share policy on schools reopening in a press talk today. 

Shafqat Mehmood said that Board exams will be held in May-June and next academic year will start from August 22 while O and A level exams will be held as per schedule and universities will make their own timetable for exams.

“In the IPEMC it was also decided that to calculate numbers in compulsory subjects the average of elective subjects will be taken. However to facilitate students all those who fail in any subject will be given 33 percent marks for the purpose of computing averages,” he added.

Shafqat Mehmood said that education ministers decided that every effort will be made to ensure that the entire syllabus for all classes should be completed by April/May, thus there will be no smart syllabus. He said that the exam will be from the entire syllabus.

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Shafqat Mehmood said that the education ministers also felt that since widespread vaccination has taken place in the education sector, educational institutions should reopen as soon as possible and a recommendation to this effect will be made to National Command Operation Center (NCOC). 

Earlier, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Minister Shahram Tarakai said that 32nd meeting for interprovincial education minister conference held in the presence of Shafqat Mahmood and Murad Raas. 

He said the meeting discussed various agendas in which, the next academic year, Covid-19 situation and school opening plan remained the top agendas and soon the policy will be announced.