Govt decides to extend school closure in highly Covid-19 affected areas


Islamabad – April 6 (Online): Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood announced Tuesday that on-campus classes for students till grade 8, in districts affected the most by coronavirus, will remain suspended till April 28.
The minister was addressing a press conference after holding an important meeting at 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.”
The minister said consultations will be held whether these on-campus classes will remain suspended till Eid or whether they should be resumed “in some staggered way”.
Shafqat Mehmood 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,” Minister said, adding that in other districts, universities will remain open and function as normal.