Classes 1 to 8 will remain closed: Shafqat Mahmood

ISLAMABAD, (MANEND NEWS): Minister for Federal Education,
Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture Shafqat Mahmood
has said exams for class nine and 12 will be held after fourth week of
the next month. He said that it was also decided that classes 1 to 8
will remain closed. The details will be announced by the provinces and
Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, Shafqat Mahmood said decisions
regarding the education process in wake of COVID-19 pandemic, were
taken at a special meeting of Health and Education Ministers of all
provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan held on Sunday with
consensus. He said exams for class 9th and 12th will take place
according to the new date sheets announced by the Boards.
The Minister said classes 9 to 12 would commence in affected districts
in a staggered manner to allow students to prepare for Board exams.
He said university admissions schedule will be adjusted keeping in
view the new exam time table
He said it was also decided with complete consensus among ministers
that A, AS, O level and International General Certificate of Secondary
Education exams will take place as per date sheet announced by
CAIES. He said there will be no delay or cancellation. He said those
students wishing to take exams in October or November this year can
do so in the same fee already paid.
Shafqat Mahmood said the meeting was also informed that Cambridge
has decided not to give teacher assessed grades this year therefore
those not taking exams will take them in the next cycle of October and

November. He said Cambridge also assured that all SOPs will be
strictly followed.
The Minister said universities in affected districts will continue online
while in districts with less than eight percent positivity they will
continue to function.
He said that the universities in affected districts will continue online
while in districts with less than 8% positivity they will continue to
function.
He said that the meeting was also informed that Cambridge has
decided not to give teacher assessed grades this year therefore those
not taking exams will take them in the next cycle Oct/Nov. Cambridge
also assured that all SOPs will be strictly followed.
It was also decided with complete consensus among ministers that A,
AS, O level and IGCSE exams will take place as per date sheet
announced by CAIES. 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.
Shafqat Mahmood said that 9 to 12 exams will take place according to
the new date sheets announced by the Boards. This means will not
start before 4th week of May. University admissions schedule will be
adjusted keeping in view the new exam time table
Shafqat Mahmood said that after making the game unnecessarily
interesting Pakistan win the T20 series 3-1 in South Africa. It is rare
for us to win there so shabash and congratulations to team Pakistan.
And special praise for Babar Azam. What a cricketer.

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