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Education ministers to decide on reopening schools today

The NCOC had earlier issued instructions to reopen schools from June 7. Source: FILE/Online

ISLAMABAD:meeting of inter-provincial education ministers will be held today where the final decision to reopen educational institutions will be taken.

A meeting of provincial education ministers will be held today under the chairmanship of Federal Minister Shafqat Mahmood. According to sources, educational institutions across the country are likely to reopen in phases from 25th January.

It is proposed to open primary in the first phase, followed by secondary and higher secondary and equivalent educational institutions in the third phase. Sources said that there was also a proposal to take exams in May or June and reduce summer vacations.

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Shafqat Mahmood had said yesterday that the exams in March would be delayed and the summer holidays would be reduced this year. Last week, representatives of private educational institutions met with him and urged him to open educational institutions from 11th January.

He said that educational institutions could not be reopened without the suggestions of the Ministry of Health. “We have to look after the health of everyone, including children, teachers, and staff,” Mahmood said. The minister had said that the decision to open educational institutions would be taken on the briefing of the Ministry of Health.