Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood on Tuesday announced that physical classes for students till grade 8, in the coronavirus hotspots will remain suspended till April 28.
According to the details, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood after the session of the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) over the schools closure and exams matter held a press conference in which he announced on-campus classes for students till grade 8, in districts affected the most by the coronavirus, will remain closed till April 28.
Shafqat Mehmood said that another meeting of the NCOC will be held on April 28 to decide whether the schools should be closed further till Eid or not.
Shafqat Mehmood said that ‘A’ level and ‘O’ level examinations across the country would be held on time as per schedule. Adding that, ‘the number of students in the country who are appearing in these exams is low so these students should continue to prepare for their exams,’
Shafqat Mehmood said that the, ‘Cambridge management assured that they will conduct the exams under strict compliance of coronavirus SOPs.’
Going over some reports, the minister said on average, 4,000 students were giving Cambridge exams in a single day. He said there were very few days when 10,000-12,000 O/A level students would give exams.
He said this number was very small compared to the students of local boards.
The minister clarified that Cambridge exams in Sri Lanka, Nepal and India were being held, rejecting the perception that no other countries in the region were holding O/A level exams.
He urged students to prepare for the Cambridge exams as they will be held as per schedule.
Grades 9 -12 exams shifted to May
The Minister said that classes for the grades 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th classes will be held from April 19.
“Exams for 9, 10, 11 and 12 will be held,” he said, adding that they will be shifted to the third week of May.
“The date sheet announced by Punjab in which exams were to be held on May 4, have been shifted to May 24 onwards,” he said, adding that some exams will be held in even June and July as well.
Universities to remain closed
“Universities in affected districts will also remain closed and classes will be held online,” he said, adding that in other districts, universities will remain open and function as normal.
The minister said universities will be asked to delay their admission tests as well since exams will be held later. He directed the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and universities to come to a solution over the matter.