PESHAWAR: The government on Wednesday announced to postpone all examinations, including those of the education boards and the Cambridge system, till June 01 as a precautionary measure to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

Announcement to this effect was made by Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood at a press conference in Islamabad. Shafqat Mahmood said all the domestic and foreign institutions will be bound to comply with the order of the government. The minister said the education boards and institutions will be allowed to conduct exams from June 01 and July 15 if the situation improved by then.

The minister shared that the officials responsible for conducting the Cambridge exams said they were considering shifting the exams to the November session. However, he said, he asked them to consider shifting the May session to June and July.

The minister said all the universities have also been directed to delay the admission process owing to delayed exams. He said all the schools and seminaries will also remain closed till April 05. He said the government is regularly reviewing the evolving situation and further decision about extending the closure of schools will be taken on March 27. He said the government is making arrangements for arranging online lectures for students at home if it had to extend the closure of schools. He said technology support and content committees have also been set up in this regard.

Shafqat Mahmood said the matter of exams was kept separate from closure of schools as the government wanted to give a predictable future to students.

The minister said cultural events in the country have also been postponed due to the current situation. He said the federal government is working with the provinces and taking all possible measures to contain the spread of coronavirus and save people from it.

“Let me reiterate that the decision to postpone all exams up till June 1 has been taken because the safety of our children is of paramount importance to PM Imran Khan and our government. We will continue to review the situation and take necessary decisions to protect our children,” the minister said on Twitter.