Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood has announced a revised schedule to reopen the educational institutions on Friday. He announced that classes from one to eight will resume with universities on February 1 instead of January 25. However institutions for grades 9 to 12 will reopen on January 18, 2021. The meeting of the education and health ministers was called to discuss and review the current COVID-19 situation in the country before the reopening of the schools.
Shafqat Mahmood declared that no student will be promoted this year without taking examinations. Previously, the minister had announced that the educational institutions would reopen in three phases; classes 8-12 on January 18, classes 1-8 on January 25 and higher education institutions on February 1. However, the schedule has been revised and the institutions will now be reopening in two phases instead of three.