Schools five-day classes from March 1, says minister
Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood on Thursday announced that all schools will go back to regular five-day classes from Monday March 1 as restrictions imposed in some major cities on schools to conduct staggered classes was only till February 28, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Important announcement. All schools will go back to regular 5 day classes from Monday March 1. Restrictions imposed in some major cities on schools to conduct staggered classes was only till Feb 28.— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) February 25, 2021
The Federal Education Ministry also shared this important announcement on its official twitter handle.
Shafqat clarified, “This announcement applies to every educational institution in the designated cities where (Covid-19) restrictions had been imposed. Allah SWT’s infinite mercy that we are returning to normal.”
Earlier, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has given approval to the education ministry’s decision to reopen primary classes and universities from February 1.
On January 18, classes nine to 12 resumed across the country.
The NCOC said only 50 percent of students would be allowed to take classes in a day in four major cities — Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Hyderabad, the ban that has been expiring February 28.
It may be mentioned here that all educational institutions across the country were closed late February last year after coronavirus cases surfaced and only reopened in phases starting September 15.
To compensate for the lost time, Pakistan’s educational institutions decided to remain open on Saturdays and not have winter vacations.