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All educational institutions to remain closed till May 31

By Our Staff Reporter

LAHORE: All educational institutions across Pakistan would remain closed till May 31, as this closure would be treated as summer vacation, read the notification issued by Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training here on Friday.

The decision was made in a meeting of National Coordination Committee on the recommendations of the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers held on 26 March 2020.

In the light of the recent outbreak of Covid-19 in the country, the meeting was unanimously decided that all educational institutions in the country including public and private schools, colleges, universities and madaris would remain closed till May 31 and if coronavirus problem was resolved in the meanwhile, educational institutions would be reopened in June 2020.

In his tweet’s message, Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood said that though campuses would remain closed till May 31, the educational authorities would continue to engage with students either through TV or online. He added Federal Education Ministry would launch a TV channel in early April with lessons for school students.

In this regard, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) had issued the guidelines and also sought proposals from universities, institutes, and individual researchers on ideas to address the Novel Coronavirus crisis. For collaboration and video conferencing, all public sector Universities had been provided free access to Microsoft Teams software. HEC and Microsoft had also been working together to ensure the smooth introduction of this platform.

Chairman HEC, Tariq Banuri had said that all stakeholders should be sensitized to keep abreast of the latest information about the coronavirus and share it with other people in their communities. Necessary guidelines and safety instructions have already been circulated among universities and are available at the HEC website.

HEC management is continuously monitoring the developing situation arising out of Covid-19 and is in contact with the university leadership for further planning so that all possible support is extended to minimize academic disruption and safeguard faculty and students’ academic and research interests to the maximum possible extent in the prevailing situation.

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