Federal Minister Shafqat Mehmood announced to postpone all exams except mdcat.

Islamabad: Government of Pakistan has announced to close down all school, colleges, universities and tuition centers from Nov.26 and postponed all examination except MDCAT. The decision was announced by the Federal Minister of Education Shafqat Mehmood after chairing a meeting with provincials education ministers.

Earlier today a meeting of all provincial ministers held to review the situation of covid-19 spread to take decision to close down the education institutions.

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Federal Minister Shafqat Mehmood announced the decision in a press conference in Islamabad and shared the details of the meeting.

“Where possible, homework will be given out online. Where this is not possible, the provincial governments will decide the course of action. But all efforts will be made to make sure that education continues from home,” told Shafqat Mehmood.

While addressing a press conference Federal Minister Shafqat Mehmood told the media that the process of home learning will continue from Nov.26 to December 24.

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“From December 25 till January 10, 2021 there will be winter vacations. Then from January 11, if the situation improves, we hope we can once again open all educational institutions,” he added.

He told the media that in first week of January another review meeting will decide the opening of education institutions. “God willing, educational institutions will reopen from January 11.”

He announced to postpone all examinations which were going to held in last week of November and December till January 15 except professional entrance tests. “However all exams for school students have been postponed till mid-January. Higher education universities will commence online learning and their hostels will be allowed to house students up to one third of their capacity.”

“We are also recommending that board exams that were scheduled for March or April, be pushed forward till May and June. This is because when educational institutions will reopen, students will get time to complete their course work,” Shafqat told.

It has decided to schedule the MDCAT examination as per schedule as the authority has all arrangement to conduct this exam with sops.
All medical and vocational institution will remain open as per schedule.

“Further, we have also recommended that the new academic year — which begins in April at government schools — be postponed till August and summer vacations are reduced,” Federal Minister briefed.

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