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Classes from Grade 1 to 8 to remain suspended in covid-hit districts

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood announced Tuesday that classes from 1 till 8 in all public and private schools would remain suspended in Covid-hit districts of the country till April 28.

The decision was announced after a meeting of the the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) attended by all the education and health ministers to decide further on closure or reopening of schools amid the worsening coronavirus situation in the country.

“It has been decided that physical classes will not be held from grades 1-8 till April 28 in districts affected by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Mehmood. “It must be borne in mind that not every district in Pakistan has been affected by coronavirus.”

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He said the education minister of Punjab had informed him that 13 districts across the province were affected by the coronavirus, hence on-campus classes will not be held there till April 28.

He said classes of grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 will be held under strict compliance of coronavirus SOPs from April 19 onwards, so that these students can complete their preparation for their upcoming exams.

“Universities in affected districts will also remain closed and classes will be held online,” he said, adding that in other districts, universities will remain open and function as normal.

All education and health ministers are unanimous in their decision to have the O and A level examinations proceed as scheduled, said Mehmood.

He said health and education ministers of all provinces had decided with consensus that O and A level exams should continue as per schedule.

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