The government of Punjab has on Saturday announced a new schedule for this year’s matriculation and intermediate exams across the province.
A notification has been issued by the Punjab government states that the annual matriculation exams will commence on May 25, while the intermediate exam will start on July 3.
Earlier, the exams for matriculation were set to begin on May 4, while the intermediate exams from June 12.
Previously, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas said that this year students will not be promoted to the next grades without taking their examinations.
Murad Raas had said that all private and public schools in seven cities of Punjab will be closed from Monday (March 15) after the surge in coronavirus cases.
Murad Raas said that the education ministry is trying its best to complete the academic year.
On the other hand, Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said that if the situation worsens, they will go for lockdown.
Federal Minister Education, professional training, National Heritage and culture Shafqat Mahmood had announced that schools will remain open in Sindh and Baluchistan with 50 per cent attendance every day.
Furthermore, Sindh educational minister Saeed Ghani had proposed to close schools across the province after a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and death toll.
Ghani had given a proposal to shut schools till class eight.
According to sources, some members of the steering committee advised to close schools in Sindh for up to eighth grade and continue classes for students of classes 9th till 12th.
However, the other proposal given was to close schools for at least two weeks to curb the deadly virus spread.
Furthermore, the Educational minister has also changed school timings during the holy month of Ramadan.
According to the rescheduled time, the hours for primary classes will be 5 days a week from 7:30 am to 11:00 am, while on Fridays the school hours will be till 10:30 am.
Similarly, secondary classes will commence at 8:00 am and will continue till 1:30 pm, however, on Friday classes will end at 12:00 pm noon.