It has been decided that classes 1 to 8 will remain closed: Federal Education Minister

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Federal Minster for professional Training and Education Shafqat Mahmood on Saturday said that in-person classes for grade 9 to 12 would commence in affected districts in a staggered manner to allow students to prepare for Board exams.

The Minister, in a series of tweets, said that a special meeting of Health and Education Ministers of all provinces and AJK/GB was held today and several decisions were taken about reopening of education sector with complete consensus.

Shafqat Mahmood announced that grade 9 to 12 exams will take place according to the new date sheets announced by the Boards which means that exams will not start before 4th week of May and university admissions schedule will also be adjusted keeping in view the new exam time table.

He also revealed the meeting was informed that Cambridge has decided not to give teacher assessed grades this year and those not taking exams will take them in the next cycle.

He added that it has been decided that A, AS, O level and IGCSE exams will take place as per date sheet announced by CAIES and there will be no delay or cancellation. Those students wishing to take exams in Oct/Nov can do so in the same fee already paid.

Regarding higher education institutions, the minister said that the universities in coronavirus affected districts will continue online while in districts with less than 8% positivity they will continue to function normally.

Shafqat Mahmood further announced that it has been decided that classes 1 to 8 will remain closed and the details in this regard will be announced by the provinces and GB/AJK.