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No winter vacations for Pakistani students this year: education ministry

Provincial ministers say students have suffered because of coronavirus lockdown

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 5, 2020 | Last Updated: 4 months ago
Posted: Nov 5, 2020 | Last Updated: 4 months ago
No winter vacations for Pakistani students this year: education ministry

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There won’t be any winter vacations for Pakistani students this year, the Federal Ministry of Education announced on Thursday.

The education ministers of all provinces met today in Islamabad to decide the fate of educational institutions across the country. Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood chaired the meeting.

The ministers decided that schools and colleges will remain open throughout winters as per schedule. “Students have suffered huge educational loss this year due to the coronavirus lockdown and they can’t afford vacations,” the ministers agreed.

Mahmood said that the coronavirus situation in the country was not grave enough to shut down schools and colleges yet. He did, however, warn that there will be no compromise on the health of students.

The meeting added that they will, however, discuss the fate of schools in northern areas because of the harsh weather conditions.

Earlier this week, the Higher Education Commission confirmed that Pakistani universities are not being closed again.

The HEC said that only the health authorities can direct the closure of universities if they feel that the corona cases have risen above critical threshold.

Pakistan reopened its schools in September after a closure of over six months. Private school owners had complained that they were unable to take the financial hit and many people argued that children were losing out as not everyone had access to online classes.

Second wave of coronavirus

On October 28, the National Command and Control Centre said that all markets and shopping malls in 11 major cities of Pakistan will close by 10pm to counter the second wave of the novel coronavirus.

The cities include Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Hyderabad, Karachi, Multan, Gilgit, Lahore, Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, Peshawar and Quetta.

The NCOC even made it compulsory for people to wear masks each time they leave their houses.

The guidelines say that people must wear masks if they are going to crowded places. Masks also have been made compulsory at both government and private offices.

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One Comment

  1. E  November 5, 2020 2:37 pm/ Reply

    It’s nice having online news

  2. Bushra rani  November 6, 2020 10:49 am/ Reply

    What is this matter It’s unfair to us We study in class 8 Give us a holiday Don’t pinch ninth class and 10th class Talk to yourself and tell them that we should give holidays to the eighth and seventh If thought in the right way, then you did absolutely fine but sometimes our family is scared As soon as the virus starts spreading quickly, they become so scared that they leave us from school. And you know as soon as I have a holiday, I go to Lahore with my friends Thank you very much, even if you don’t give me chutiya, we can still make holidays Ok allah hafiz allah May Allah Allah help all of you and the news of Sama TV reaches the world well and your work continues well if you are honest If the news will reach you with false or bribe, then you do not know what Maulana Tariq Jameel said First of all, it will be your account of who asks you to do this. So then meditate in your work God bless you to work

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