On Monday, Shafqat Mahmood-the federal education minister has said that he wanted the schools to remain open, but, they had to take the decision against it due to the second wave of COVID-19 in the nation.
As per the shared details, “the COVID-19 situation in December may worsen like it was in June this year,” the education minister warned while speaking.
He said that they have planned a once-in-a-week class for homework purposes besides continuous classes through online platforms.
“Today’s meeting sought suggestions from doctors and health department officials,” he said adding that as many as 50 million children go to school in Pakistan and it was decided to go for online classes and winter vacations for the safety of the kids.
He said that they are proposing for launching the new academic year in schools from August 2021 rather than in April next year.
“We will ensure that the children complete their coursework via online classes,” he said adding that suggestions about the delay in examinations are also under consideration including a delay in matric examination.
Shafqat Mahmood, however, declined any plan this time to promote children to the next classes without holding examinations. “We will hold exams if the COVID-19 situation improves,” he said.