KARACHI: Today (Monday), the Inter-Provincial Conference of Ministers of Education (IPEMC) will practically take the decision to close schools in the country in the midst of the second wave of Covid-19.
The conference, which will be chaired by Federal Minister of Education Shafqat Mahmood and will be attended by all provincial education ministers, will discuss the increase in the country’s coronavirus incidents, as well as the winter holiday timetable for schools and colleges.
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In a Sunday tweet, Mahmood said, “To all those eagerly awaiting the outcome of the Inter-Provincial Ministers of Education meeting tomorrow, I will hold a press conference at 12:30[pm] following the conclusion of the meeting at which all decisions will be announced.”
The IPEMC was convened last week to discuss the country’s Covid-19 condition, but was unable to find a decision on the closing of schools and postponed the matter until the next conference.
Online schooling is recommended by the federal government: teachers can come to classrooms and keep in touch with students who will be at home.
The Minister of Education also said that students will have to come to schools and take home their homework from only those educational establishments where online education services are not available.
The health secretary, who was also in attendance, presented recommendations at the previous meeting.
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By December 31, the Ministry of Health had announced early winter holidays in schools.
The ministers of regional education have issued progress reports of educational establishments in their respective provinces.