Adhering the SOPs let schools/colleges remain open: IPEMC

By Staff Reporter
Friday – November 6, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The meeting of inter provincial education ministers conference (IPEMC), Thursday, ruled out the closure of educational institutions — all provinces shared the data of positivity rate of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in schools and colleges which ranged from one to two percent scarcely.

According to a press release, the education and professional training minister (EPTM) Shafqat Mahmood chaired the meeting of IPEMC, in the federal capital.

The national health services (NHS) director general (DG) Safi Malik gave a detailed presentation to the forum on existing COVID-19 situation countrywide.

The forum expressed satisfaction with the effectively controlled situations in the educational institutions.

It was also agreed that the targeted closure of institutions where the infection rate increases will be carried out with the help of local administration.

As far as the winter vacation is concerned, the forum opposed the long winter vacations and recommended either no winter vacations or limited for a few days so that the students may cover their pending courses.

The regular academic year before COVID-19 was of 32 weeks which now has been condensed to 11 weeks only, so there is no rational of long vacations.

EPTM Mahmood sought the proposals from all the federating units in next 15 days about uniform academic calendar countrywide.

Keeping in view the loss of students during 6 months closure of schools due to COVID-19, EPTM also asked for proposals from all federating units about moving academic year from April to August, at least for current academic year.

He advised all the provinces to ensure strict compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) in educational institutions.

The provincial education ministers and respective secretaries, higher education commission (HEC) chairman, inter board committee of chairmen (IBCC) chairman, and representatives from federal government educational institutions (FGEI), navy and air force participated in the meeting through video link.