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Classes 9 to 12 to reopen from 18th: minister

ISLAMABAD: Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood on Friday announced a revised schedule of the reopening of schools, according to which classes from 9 to 12 will begin from January 18 as planned previously, while classes 1-8 will start from February 1 instead of January 25.

Mahmood was addressing a press conference after the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) meeting which was also attended by federal and provincial health and education ministers. The authorities discussed the ongoing wave of Covid-19, which is being considered as more lethal than the first one and has forced the closure of educational institutions in order to protect students and teachers.

During the press conference, he said that this year, high school students will not be promoted without examinations and therefore, it has been decided that their classes should resume as per schedule. Higher education institutions will reopen from February 1 along with primary and secondary schools.

The federal minister said that next week, the NCOC will review infection rates in different cities and districts before the reopening of higher education institutions and primary and middle schools. The authorities will discuss if education institutions in cities and districts where infection rate is high should remain closed. He clarified, however, that a decision to delay reopening in areas with high infection rates has not yet been taken.–

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