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Schools reopen; board exams after June 20

Muhkam Uddin Ayuni

CHITRAL: All public and private schools and colleges reopened across Chitral on Monday in accordance with the government decision that only 50pc attendance would be allowed as part of Covid-19 precautions.

However, very low attendance was reported in all public and private educational institutions.

The reopening of schools has been welcomed by owners of private schools as well as parents of students as the prolonged closure was impacting education of children. 

Meanwhile, a meeting of federal and provincial education ministers in Islamabad decided to hold board exams across the country after June 20, reported.

The Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) also decided that summer vacations would be shortened this year, according to a statement released by the federal Ministry of Education after the meeting.

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood presided over the meeting. 

The meeting also discussed the handing over of staff of Basic Education Community Schools (BESC) and National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) schools to provinces after June 30 with committee chairman Mahmood asking the provinces to issue a notification regarding the devolvement soon.

Last week, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) had allowed the staggered reopening of educational institutions in districts where the positivity rate is less than five per cent.

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