Monday May 24, 2021
The Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) on Monday decided to hold examinations of classes 10 and 12 after June 20, a statement from the Federal Ministry of Education and Professional Training said.
Summer vacations, according to an official press release issued after the meeting ended, will be limited and province will decide how many leaves to grant as they see fit.
All education ministers, including the Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan ministers, are members of the IPEMC, which is responsible for formulating policies related to the education sector.
The meeting reviewed the latest COVID-19 situation in the country.
The meeting decided to hold examinations in the country after June 20; however, provinces would finalise the dates of the exams.
Chairman Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Committee Shafqat Mahmood urged all federal units to ensure timely vaccination of teachers, supervisory staff, and other administrative staff.
Those who do not have vaccination certificates will not be called for invigilation, the meeting decided.
The Federal Education Ministry, after consultations with the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), had announced that the teachers will be vaccinated for coronavirus on priority to bring an end to the disruption in the education sector and reduce learning losses.
The National Education Assessment Framework was also shared with the provinces during the meeting, after which the ministers gave their approval for it.
The federal government has allowed educational institutes to resume in-person learning from May 24 (today) in districts where the COVID-19 positivity ratio is less than 5%.
In its previous meeting, the IPEMC had decided to hold exams in the country after June 15.
“The respective boards will announce the exact dates, but in principle, exams will start after June 15 with priority to grade 12 and 10 to be followed by 11 and 9,” Mehmood had said in a tweet.
“Intermediate and Matric exams would be given priority so that results can come in before university admissions,” he had said.