The Punjab minister of education, Murad Raas has announced that the school year across the Punjab province will begin from 1st August 2021. The minister took his Twitter and stated that this year the usual academic and examination schedule got disturbed due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. By considering the ongoing situation the authorities have taken this decision so that the appropriate time can be provided to the students for the completion of their syllabus before the conduction of the annual exams. The meeting of the inter-provincial education ministers conference was held on 26th February 2021 in which it had been decided that the new academic year will start in August and will end on 31st March 2022. In this regard, the notification has been issued to inform all the concerned authorities.
Instructions Issued By Authorities
Earlier the Murad Raas has also issued the list of the districts that will follow the instructions provided by the authorities regarding the commencement of the classes for the students on alternate days. Due to the increased number of coronavirus cases the minister notified all the districts to strictly adhere to the standard operating procedures. As per the notification, the students of the districts with the high positivity rates will attend the schools on alternate days with 50% attendance. According to the data reported by the health department, the districts with higher cases of COVID-19 include Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Sialkot, Rawalpindi, Multan, and Rahim Yar Khan. Moreover, the situation will be reviewed again on 31st March till then the government has strictly advised about the proper implementation of the safety measures.
Regular Classes In Schools
The federal education minister for education and professional training, Shafqat Mahmood had previously announced that all the schools will resume the academic activities and students will attend the 5-day regular classes from 1st March. After this announcement the Sindh government has opposed this decision and the Sindh education minister, Saeed Ghani has clarified that the students will continue to attend the classes on alternate days with 50% attendance across the province.