Punjab education minister clarifies classes 9-12 resumption plan


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Punjab Education Minister Murd Raas. File photo

LAHORE: The Punjab government has said that the entire classes 9-12 will be called only on two days in districts affected by the coronavirus pandemic so that the SOPs are followed strictly.

Punjab Education Minister Murd Raas, in a statement on Saturday, further clarified the school reopening plan for higher classes.

“Entire Classes of 9,10,11,12 to be called on only Monday and Thursday. Since Classrooms of 1 through 8 will be empty, students can be spread over the whole school to follow SOPS,” the provincial minister said.

On Friday, Raas announced the resumption of classes 9 to 12, days after the provincial governments had closed the educational institutes in districts with a high coronavirus positivity ratio earlier this month.

In Punjab, classes 9, 10, 11, 12 will start in public and private schools on April 19 — and will take place only on Monday and Thursday — the province’s education minister Murad Raas said.

The minister had said the classes will resume in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Multan, TT Singh, Sargodha, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, and DG Khan.

“Classes 1-8 in high-risk districts will begin studies after Eid-ul-Fitr,” he added.

Classes will continue in all other districts across Punjab — as the government had only imposed restrictions on high-risk districts.

Examinations for classes 9-12, O, and A-Level will be conducted as per schedule, the education minister added.

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