ISLAMABAD: The inter-provincial education ministers’ meeting is underway in Islamabad to make a final decision on whether schools and other institutions will reopen from Sept 15, ARY News reported.
Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood is presiding over the meeting with all the provincial education ministers in attendance through video link. Officials of the Ministry of National Health Services and High Education Commission (HEC) are also present in the meeting.
The health officials will brief the meeting about the current coronavirus situation in the country.
The meeting will thrash out recommendations regarding reopening of educational institutes, which will be forwarded to the National Coordination Committee (NCC) for approval.
Among the agenda points that will be taken up in today’s meet are finalising standard operation procedures (SOPs) for educational institutions, short curriculum for the current academic year, and 2021 examination. The issue of a uniform curriculum will also be discussed.
On Sept 4, Shafqat Mahmood had said that the government plans to reopen educational institutes in a phase-wise manner, setting the priority of reopening them from higher secondary classes to middle and primary gradually.
Addressing a presser, he said that the final decision on reopening educational institutes would be made on September 07. “Students have suffered a lot due to the closure and we have received suggestions regarding reopening,” he said as the country is witnessing a declining trend of coronavirus.
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