Educational institutions to remain closed in selected districts till April
11: Shafqat Mahmood

ISLAMABAD, (MANEND NEWS): The government has decided that the
educational institutions will remain closed in the selected districts
including Islamabad till 11th of next month due to the rising cases of
coronavirus.
A decision to this effect was taken at a joint meeting of education and
health ministers headed by Minister for Federal Education, Professional
Training, National Heritage and Culture Shafqat Mahmood in
Islamabad on Wednesday.
Later briefing the media persons, the education minister said keeping
in view the coronavirus situation, the provincial governments will
decide the districts where the educational institutions will remain
closed.
Shafqat Mahmood said that the coronavirus situation is very serious in
certain districts of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir.
However, the intensity of the virus is relatively less in Sindh,
Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan.
The education minister recalled that earlier the educational institutions
were closed from 15th to 28th March in some districts of Punjab and
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as the federal capital in the light of spike
in Covid-19 cases.
Shafqat Mahmood said they are cognizant of the fact that the closure
of educational institutions is affecting the education of children.
However, he said the health of children is our priority.

The Minister said that the next meeting of the education and health
ministers will be held on the 7th of next month to review the whole
situation and then take the decision accordingly.
Shafqat Mahmood said board examinations of classes nine, ten, eleven
and twelve will be held as per the timetable.
Earlier this month, the NCOC had decided on a two-week spring
vacation in educational institutions in 10 cities of Punjab, Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir and Islamabad from March 15 till March
28.
Shortly after Wednesday’s meeting ended, the provinces announced
the areas where schools will remain closed.
Areas other than Islamabad where schools will remained closed:
In Punjab: Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Multan, Faisalabad
Sialkot, Sargodha and Sheikhupura. In KP, Peshawar, Mardan,
Charsadda, Swabi, Kohat, Lower Dir, Malakand, Swat, Nowshera and
Buner.

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