Punjab govt issues fresh guidelines for schools

Punjab govt announces exam dates for classes 1-8

LAHORE: Amid coronavirus, the Punjab Government has issued fresh instructions for schools scheduled to reopen from January 18.

According to the notification issued by the School Education Department on Friday informed the schools about the decisions taken in the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC).

It said that rules have been developed in line with the federal education ministry’s notification issued on January 5. Students from all the educational institutes will attend classes on alternative days. The student ratio must remain at 50% on each day, read the notification.

The provincial department stated that the board examinations for SSC and HSSC students will be held in May and June. It said that the Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP) communicated earlier shall continue to be followed by the Public Schools.

Assessment criteria and Examinations schedule for 5th and 8th grade shall be communicated separately by the Punjab Examination Commission, further in the notification.

The department reminded all schools to ensure strict implementations of SOPs that have been communicated over time by the Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department and School Education Department, Punjab. “School timing shall be observed as per previous practice in the winter season,” read the notification.

On Friday, Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood had announced a revised timetable of the reopening of educational institutions, according to which classes from 9th to 12th will start from 18 January 2021 as planned previously, while classes 1-8 will begin from 1st February instead of 25 January 2021. 

Shafqat Mahmood informed that the universities will reopen from 1st February as had been decided in the previous meeting.

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