ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education and Vocational Training Shafqat Mahmood has said that educational institutions in nine districts of the federal capital Islamabad and Punjab will remain closed till April 11. The National Command did not express these views. In a media briefing after the meeting of the Ministers of Education at the Endowment Center. The Federal Minister said that it was unanimously decided in the meeting that the educational institutions in the cities which were closed due to Corona virus should remain closed till April 11. He said that in addition to these districts, if there is an increase in corona cases in any district, it will be at the discretion of the provincial government. The ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth class examinations will be as per the schedule announced by the provincial governments and boards.
"We will continue to monitor the situation and we are fully aware that children's education is being harmed, but children's health is a top priority," he said. He said that the decision on which districts and cities across the country would be closed would be taken by the provincial governments, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. He said that earlier the NCOC had decided to close all types of educational institutions including schools in certain districts from March 15 to March 28. However, after reviewing all the issues in today's meeting, it was decided that Educational institutions will remain closed until April 11, and areas other than these specific districts may be added. Earlier, an important meeting chaired by Federal Minister for Education and Vocational Training Shafqat Mahmood was held at the National Command and Control Center (NCCOC) to review the situation in Corona. Ministers of Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, senior officials attended the meeting. Federal Secretary Education Farah Hamid Khan, Parliamentary Secretary Education Wajiha Qamar and Chairman HEC were also present. Provincial education ministers attended the meeting via video link.