The government has extended the closure of all educational institutions across the country till May 29 due to the current coronavirus situation.
Education Ministry in a media briefing on Sunday said the ongoing closure of all secondary and higher secondary educational institutions has been extended till May 29 as per the advice of the National Advisory Committee on Covid-19.It also said the ministry took the decision considering the health and overall safety of students, teachers, staff and guardians as coronavirus infection remains a major health concern.
Online academic activities will continue and the students and guardians should follow the health guidelines during the closure, it also said.
The Ministry of primary and mass education has issued another statement, announcing that the ongoing closure of all primary schools and kindergartens has been extended till May 29.
It also said the students should stay at home during the closure for ensuring safety from Covid-19 and online academic activities will continue.
On February 27, the government had announced that all schools and colleges would reopen on March 30. But on March 25, the education ministry declared that in-person classes at secondary schools and colleges across the country would resume on May 23 after Eid-ul-Fitr.
Earlier, the government also announced that in-person classes at public and private universities would resume on May 24 after Eid-ul-Fitr and that all dormitories of universities would reopen on May 17.But the government was forced to extend the closures of the educational institutions due to the current pandemic situation.
The government on March 17 last year closed all educational institutions, aiming to contain the spread of coronavirus. The closure led to the cancellation of exams and left academic calendars in disarray.
The educational activities of around 40 million students are being hampered across the country due to the unprecedented disruption in academic activities.