The decision on early and extended winter breaks, due to the increase in cases of coronavirus in Pakistan, will be taken at a meeting to be held on November 23.
The announcement was made by the Department of Education / Vocational Training after Minister of Provinces Shafqat Mahmood convened a special meeting to discuss the institutional framework with the province’s education ministers.
According to the statement, the provincial ministers informed the forum about the recent state of coronavirus and the impact on the education sector in their districts, but no final decision was taken regarding holidays and school closures.
The Inter-Ministerial Conference on Central and Provincial Education (IPEMC) will meet again on November 23 at 11:00 to review the situation.
Apart from the ministers of education, the meeting was also attended by officials from the Department of Health and the National Command and Operations Center.
Earlier, Punjab School Education Minister Dr Murad Raas had said the decision to close schools would be delayed until next week.
“No decision has been made on school closures in Punjab today. The next meeting will be on Monday 23 November 2020 to review the status of COVID 19, ”said Murad Raas. “They talk about everything. No decision currently available. ”
Today’s meeting was called last week following a recommendation by the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) to announce early winter holidays and extended to schools due to rising academic achievement rates.
The NCOC said Mehmood would hold a special meeting with provincial education ministers on November 16 on the matter.