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Coronavirus pandemic: Schools to not observe winter vacations this year


Arhama AltafWeb Editor

05th Nov, 2020. 03:15 pm
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To avoid the educational loss for students due to Coronavirus pandemic, all provincial ministers on Thursday has decided to not observe Winter vacations this year.

According to sources, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood, in a virtual meeting agreed that the provinces will decide about the winter vacations.

However, the meeting remained inconclusive over educational calenderer, board examination of class 8th and other issues.

Meanwhile, Punjab’s minister for education announced that winter vacations will not observe in educational institutions this year.

With a continuous rise in the number of coronavirus cases across Pakistan, parents have become increasingly concerned about sending their children to school.

Earlier today, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas, following the online meeting, said reports of schools being closed amid the worsening coronavirus situation were “FAKE NEWS”.

“Just got done with the meeting of all Education Ministers of Pakistan. Schools in Punjab will remain OPEN & run on the current schedule. All other news is FAKE NEWS.

COVID 19 situation is under control as of now. Please follow SOPs issued by School Education Department Punjab,” Raas added.

However, the next meeting of the inter-provincial education ministers will take place in December 2020.

The minister for education Shafqat Mahmood had also issued a clarification regarding school closures, saying that the government has not decided anything yet.

“Rumours again afloat regarding school closures. It is again clarified that educational institutions are NOT being closed,” he tweeted.

Earlier on September 4, the federal government had decided to end winter vacations for educational institutions this year.

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