The federal government has decided to cancel examinations for class one to eight amid the worsening coronavirus situation in the country.
The decision was taken during an important meeting of the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on Tuesday, attended by the chief ministers, health and education ministers of all provinces, and administrative units.
As per details, the decision will only apply to high-risk districts, whereas the provincial governments will decide which districts are risky enough to get exams going.
Moreover, the physical classes (from I to VIII) in schools located in these areas will also remain suspended until April 28.
The government has also decided to open schools for grades 9 to 12 across the country from April 19, as the students need to undergo board examinations. Moreover, board exams have also been postponed until the third week of May.
Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mahmood, said that the O and A Level examinations will go on as per schedule under a strict schedule.
He also advised students to continue preparing for exams without any hesitation as their future depends on them.
Mahmood noted that the NCOC will meet again later this month to review the situation for schools reopening.
Meanwhile, Punjab Education Minister, Murad Raas, has announced that all public and private schools for classes one to eight will remain closed until Eid in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Multan, Bhawalpur, Sialkot, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Rahim Yar Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan, and Sheikhupura. The decision will be reviewed in two weeks with respect to the coronavirus situation.
The session was chaired by Minister for Planning and Development, Asad Umar. Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mahmood, and Minister for Religious Affairs, and Interfaith Harmony, Noorul Haq Qadri were also present.
The meeting also reviewed standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the holy month of Ramadan as per suggestions from religious scholars.