Pakistan is all set to decide on the reopening of educational institutions during a meeting of education ministers on January 4 (today).
According to the details, the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) will be meeting today to review the pandemic situation in the country and make a decision about the reopening of educational institutions.
According to the federal education ministry, the meeting will be chaired by the Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood. It will be attended by other ministers via video link.
The students had since been studying at home or get weekly homework till December 24 and then winter vacations started December 25 and end January 10.
All examinations were postponed, except admission and recruitment tests. But now there are growing calls for the resumption of in-person learning in educational institutions.
Various decisions will be made by the education ministers during today’s meeting:
- Health updates on all provinces/regions by the national health services ministry
- Reopening of educational institutions
- School and education board exams slated to be held in May-June 2021
- Reduction in spring and summer vacation and the start of the 2021-22 academic session
- Implementation status of the Council of Common Interest’s decision on the transfer of the existing NCHD and BECS schools, and the proposed national education policy.
Coronavirus Siuation in Pakistan
On Monday, Pakistan recorded 1,895 new cases of the coronavirus during the previous 24 hours, lifting the national tally of infections to 488,529.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 39 more people died during this period, taking the death toll from the highly contagious disease to 10,350. A total of 30,139 samples were tested, out of which 1,895 turned out to be positive. The national positivity ratio of infections was recorded at 6.28 percent.
There are a total of 35,722 active cases of the coronavirus while the number of recovered patients stands at 442,457. 2,242 of the Covid-19 patients under treatment are said to be in critical condition.