PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education (ESED) Shahram Khan Tarakai Tuesday said the provincial government has finalised all arrangements for holding examinations under strict observation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) against coronavirus, and made it clear that no student would be promoted without exams this year.

In a media briefing, the minister said parents must persuade their children to focus on studies as the government has decided to hold examinations this year at all costs according to the announced schedule. He said examinations of class 10th and 12th would start from July 10 and then examinations of 9th and 11 classes would take place after a gap of one week. However, this year, the exams would be conducted only in selected subjects that have already been announced.

Shahram Tarakai said that government has decided to utilise summer vacations by keeping the school timings from 07:00am to 11:00am for studies at schools to make up for the lost time during coronavirus lockdowns. He said further decision about summer vacations would be taken keeping in view the situation of temperature.

The minister said Rs3 billion have been allocated to provide furniture at all schools across the province that would facilitate around 1.1 million students.

Shahram Tarakai mentioned that 1,656 teachers have been transferred in 27 days under e-transfer policy out of 3,033 applications received by the department. He said transfer was the biggest issue of the teachers’ community that has been made transparent through e-transfer. Now, he said the transfer would require no recommendation as a teacher who wanted to be transferred could only apply through online application. He said 1,000 rooms were being constructed in primary schools under the Early Childhood Education, and at least 2000 more such rooms would be constructed to encourage children towards schooling.

The minister said that double shift schools have been started in KP to increase enrolment in schools that would lead to increase in the literacy rate. He said the move will ensure maximum utilisation of school buildings to enable education to extra number of students in minimum time. He said “no more hefty school bags” policy would be adopted to eliminate the possibility of deformation and spinal abnormalities in students.


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