Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced on Monday that schools and educational institutions will reopen across the country in three phases.
"On January 18, classes for grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 — those that have exams — will resume," he said during a news conference along with SAPM on Health Dr Faisal Sultan. "This means that students of grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 will go to their schools and colleges from January 18 and their studies will resume."
He said that in the second phase, students of primary classes till grade 8 will return to schools from January 25.
The minister said that universities and other higher education institutions will reopen from February 1 in the third and last phase.
Online learning can resume from Jan 11
Classes 9 to 12 would start from Jan 18
Classes 1 to 8 would start from Jan 25
Higher education classes at universities and colleges to start from Feb 1
Board exams have been postponed to May and June
Another meeting on January 14 to review the situation
Speaking on the occasion, SPAM on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said they noted a decline in infection rate after the educational institutions were closed and urged the masses to keep following the safety protocols announced by the government.
The SAPM added that keeping in view the current data we decided to further delay the reopening of schools.