Federal Minister for Education, Shafqat Mahmood, has announced that schools for classes one to eight in COVID-affected areas will remain closed till Eid. The decision was taken during an important meeting of the health and education ministers of all provinces on Sunday.
He confirmed that there would be no delay or cancellation of exams this year.
Those students wishing to take exams in October or November can do so at the same fee already paid.
Shafqat took to Twitter to announce the following decisions taken with full consensus:
The classes of grades 9 to 12 students will start in a staggered manner so that they can prepare for their upcoming board exams.
The exams for these classes will be conducted as per revised schedules announced by the board, which will not begin until the fourth week of May.
It was also decided that classes 1 to 8 will remain closed. The details will be announced by the provinces and GB/AJK
— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) April 18, 2021
Cambridge had announced that teacher assessment grades would not be given this year. Therefore, those opting out of exams this semester can attempt in October and November, the minister clarified.
It was decided with a complete consensus among ministers that A, AS, O level, and IGCSE exams will take place as per the date sheet announced by Cambridge Assessment International Education.
Mahmood maintained that the universities in affected districts would continue through online mode of education, while the rest will continue in-person classes.