Coronavirus in Pakistan: Schools will remain closed until January 10, 2021

Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood addressing a press conference in Islamabad, on November 23, 2020. — Geo News screengrab 

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood on Monday said that all schools across the country will remain closed until January 10, 2021, in the wake of the rising coronavirus cases.

“All ministers have mutually decided that to keep all educational institutions, including schools, colleges, universities, and tuition centres closed. However, online classes will continue from November 26 to December 24 after which winter break will start. Schools will reopen on January 11, 2021,” Shafqat Mahmood said.

  • Nov 26 — All students to start studying from home
  • Dec 24 — Last day of online classes
  • Dec 25 to Jan 10, 2021 — Winter holidays
  • Jan 11 — Schools to resume activities after reevaluation of the situation in the first week of January
  • Professional exams including MDCAT 2020 to be held as per schedule
  • Board exams to be pushed to June

The decision has been made during the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) convened to discuss school closures. 

Minister Shafqat Mahmood said that children’s health and safety is the top-most priority of the government, adding that examinations scheduled to take place in December will be postponed, with the exception of a few professional exams.

During the meeting, it was decided that micro-decisions regarding examinations and other matters will be taken by the respective provinces.

Students keep safe distance while attending a class as schools reopen amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Karachi. — Reuters/Files

The minister also said that while schools will remain closed, teachers will have to go to schools twice a week, i.e. on Mondays and Thursdays to ensure that the quality of homework is up to the mark.