HEC issues guidelines for reopening of universities from August 3

The Higher Education Commission on Wednesday announced guidelines for phase wise reopening of universities across Pakistan from August 3.

HEC suggested that the Universities be reopened in phases and only faculty members be called in during the first phase.
The second phase should include allowing final years students on the campus.
Meanwhile, the provincial education ministers on Wednesday agreed to reopen all educational intuitions across the country in the first week of September,
The educational institutions had been closed since March following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The decision was taken during an inter-provincial education ministers’ conference was presided by Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood.
All the provinces presented their opinion at the meeting. A proposal to allow examinations in educational institutions keeping in place strict precautionary measures was also discussed and agreed upon.
Two meetings before September 1 will be held to further discuss the details regarding reopening educational institutions.
After consultation with the provinces, the proposal would be forwarded to the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) whereas the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) would give its final approval tomorrow.
Education ministers of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) participated via video link.
On June 21, the federal education ministry sought recommendations from the provinces on the reopening of educational institutions across the country.
Schools across the country were closed owing to the coronavirus breakout in the country. However, in the first phase, the federal government seeks to reopen them on a trial basis.
As per the notification issued by the Federal Education Ministry Joint Secretary Syed Umar Javed, the federal government decided to reopen educational institutions across the country on a trial basis.
For this purpose, the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers conference was called on July 2. The circular read that all provinces have been directed to forward recommendations regarding the reopening of schools until June 23.
The provinces had been directed to frame suggestions that include possible precautionary measures that could be taken to keep students and teachers safe from the pandemic virus.

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