The academic session for the schools is to start from the 1st of April while the academic session of the Cambridge-O and A-level schools and colleges would be starting from the 1st of August.
During a meeting session of the Steering Committee on Education led by Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar—Sindh Minister of Education and Literacy, this decision was taken. The meeting was held at the Sindh Assembly’s building Committee room yesterday, as per the press release.
The meeting also decided that the students of grades I to III would be promoted to the next grades based on their performance and tests.
All the examinations for classes up to the VIII standard would be completed by the 10th of March and the results would be announced on or before 31st March.
The theory papers of classes IX and X would be starting from the 29th March and their results would be announced by the 15th of July by all Sindh Boards whereas the result by the Board of Secondary Education Karachi would be announced by 31st July.
The examinations for the students of XI and XII would start from the 24th of April and the result would be unveiled by all the Boards till the 31st August whereas the Karachi Board would announce its results by the 15th of September.
Non-teaching staff are not to be assigned the invigilation duties during the examinations in any school or college.
During the meeting, there was also a discussion about the vacations and it was decided that the summer vacations would be observed from the 1st of June till the 31st of July whereas the winter vacations would start from the 22nd of December till the 31st of December.
It was also decided that teams would be formed with the sole objective to monitor that examinations are conducted fairly, and the teachers would be assigned the examination duties and they would be bound to perform them.
For encouraging teachers for performing the examination duties it was also given thought that their packages would be revised.
Strict action would be taken against the violators.
All educational institutes would be celebrating a sports week.
Pervaiz Ahmed Seehar—the Secretary Colleges told the meeting participants about the objectives of the meeting.
While briefing he said that it is essential that all possible measures should be adopted for ensuring that examinations are conducted fairly, and awareness should be created among all the stakeholders which includes—parents, teachers and students relating the bad effects of cheating in examinations.
Jam Mehtab added that joint efforts by all the stakeholders in removing unfair means in examinations is the sole way for improving the education system of Sindh and for saving the future generation.
The meeting was attended by many educationalist and officers including Nasir Abbas—Special Secretary Education School, Director General Private Institutions, Chairmen of all Educational Boards and representative of private institutions.