Classes 1 to 8 to remain closed till April 28, Shafqat Mehmood

ISLAMABAD: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood on Tuesday announced that in-person classes till grade 8 will remain closed till April 28 in districts where the COVID-19 positivity ratio is high.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the provincial health and education ministers, chaired by Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Later briefing the media persons, Shafqat Mahmood said the classes of nine, ten, eleven and twelve will resume from 19th of this month even in the affected districts amidst strict compliance of Standard Operating Procedures. He said this decision has been taken so that the students can prepare for their board exams.

“The educational institutes will resume 9-12 classes from April 19 with strict SOPs in a staggered way even in the affected districts so that they can complete their course,” he said.

Shafqat Mehmood said that they have asked the universities to extend dates of their admission tests whereas the higher education institutes in affected districts would continue with online classes.

Shafqat Mahmood said the situation of the pandemic will be reviewed on 28th of this month, and any decision about the classes from one to eight will be taken accordingly.