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Reopening of Schools: Review meeting to be held on September 7

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

21st Aug, 2020. 03:04 pm
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Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood tested positive for COVID-19

Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood has said that a meeting on the opening of educational institutions will be held on September 7 in which a final decision will be taken.

Addressing a press conference on Friday he said several revolutionary steps have been taken in consultation with all stakeholders during the last two years to reform the education sector in the country.

The Minister said the inter-provincial education ministers forum was made functional to reach consensus decisions for the development of the education sector.

He said schools will teach one curriculum from April next year. He said the uniform curriculum will lead to developing national cohesion in the country.  He said model textbooks are also being prepared.

Shafqat Mahmood said the government engaged with Madaris and developed a mechanism to ensure that the religious seminary students also study national curriculum along with Dars-e-Nizami.

He said the students of Madaris will have employment opportunities like students of contemporary education in practical life.

In order to promote skills of the youth, he said, Hunarmand Jawan programme was launched. He said vocational training programmes have also been stated.

He said National Accreditation Council has been established to have an oversight look at the vocational training institutes.

The Minister said Pakistan gave an outstanding response to the Covid-19 challenge in the education sector.

He said it was decided with consensus among all the provincial education ministers to close educational institutions during the pandemic, and then decided to reopen them on September 15.

He Minister said four million students were promoted to the next class from Class nine to 12, which was widely accepted.

Shafqat Mahmood said a tele school was started on April 7 after the closure of schools on March 13. He said for higher education, online education was started. The Minister said a new department has been created at the Ministry of Education to continue distance education.

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