Education Ministers Announce Decision on Early Winter Vacations [Updated]

Update: The Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC), on Monday, failed to reach a decision regarding the early winter break.

The provincial education ministers briefed the forum on the coronavirus pandemic situation in their respective provinces. However, no final decision on holidays or school closures was made today. The IPEMC will meet again on Monday, November 23 at 11 am.

The Federal Minister for Education, Shafqat Mahmood, is chairing an important meeting of provincial education ministers at the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) in Islamabad. The meeting has been convened to discuss the latest coronavirus situation in the country.

The meeting will also consider the NCOC’s recommendation for an early and extended winter break across the country to keep students safe.


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Ahead of the meeting, the Federal Education Minister said that the decision will be made keeping the health of students, teachers, and staff members in view.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Education Minister, Murad Raas, is against taking a winter break. He has previously expressed his thoughts on more than one occasion. He believes that the schools were re-opened after a lot of homework and effort. Closing down schools again will hamper the education mechanism.


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Earlier on Thursday, the NCOC meeting had recommended closing all schools, colleges, and universities for early winter holidays due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases at educational institutes.

The country has reported 2,128 new infections and 19 virus-related fatalities in the past 24 hours. The latest addition has taken the total number of cases to 359,032. Meanwhile, the country’s death toll now stands at 7,160.

  • School Collage University Coaching Etc should be off till Jan 2021
    2 4 Maah Parh lene se HEC Golden Awards nahi Dena hai

  • mr. Murad raas is endangering other peoples’ children’s lives only for “ham me kitni MEHNAT se school kholain hain”.

    I want to see him in the same stance once his own children are infected and in ICU.

  • In Bahria university karachi campus on campus exams ho rahy hn jahan koi sop’s follow nahi ho rahi even coronavirus k cases ko chupaya ja raha hy I have videos proves but government is not interested in the life of students they are just playing tareekh pe tareekh public transport me koi sop’s nahi follow ho rahi are they blind?

  • Both matters are equally significant i.e health of the children and their education. Can’t favour one as I myself being a student want safe holidays but on the other hand the education and examination would be seriously disturbed.

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