Govt to close educational institutions from Nov 26 to Jan 10

By: News Desk      Published: 01:17 PM, 23 Nov, 2020
Govt to close educational institutions from Nov 26 to Jan 10

Pakistan Monday ordered the closure of all the educational institutes from November 26 till January 10 in the wake of the second wave of coronavirus.

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood announced the closure of all educational institutions including schools, colleges, universities and religious seminaries from November 26 to December 24.

The decision was made during in Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference held on Monday.

Mahmood said educational activities would turn to the online education and online classes and educational work would continue till December 24.

"All ministers have mutually decided that to keep all educational institutions, including schools, colleges, universities, and tuition centres closed. However, online classes will continue from November 26 to December 24 after which winter break will start. Schools will reopen on January 11, 2021," Minister Shafqat Mahmood said.

THE KEY DATES:

Nov 26: All students to start studying from home

Dec 24: Last day of online classes

Dec 25 to Jan 10, 2021: Winter holidays

Jan 11:  Schools to resume activities after reevaluation of the situation in the first week of January

May to June 2021: Board Exams of Intermediate and Matric

August: Start of the new academic year

However, the students could enjoy the complete holidays from December 25 to January 10 and if the situation got improved all the institutes would reopen on January 11.

He said where online education is not possible, the parents can get the homework from the schools once or twice in a week as teachers would be asked to attend the school twice a week.

The authorities have also announced that all exams in December have been delayed. 

The federal minister announced that university hostels will remain open on the basis of one-third capacity and preference will be given to all those students who do not have access to online classes’ facilities.

Shafqat Mehmood said: “School teachers will come to schools as per the routine except students will take classes from their homes for one month.”

NCOC Dr Faisal Sultan said medical examinations, entry tests and exams for recruitments will be held as per usual and the nation has to show collective responsibility to stem the spread of COVID-19. Moreover, all the activities that are not related to the classroom and professional training would continue as usual.

Mahmood said they are proposing to delay all the Board exams to be taken in March from May to June. He said the new academic year that usually opens in April has been proposed to start from August.