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September 14, 2020

Students’ promotion likely this week

Peshawar

September 14, 2020

LAHORE: The long awaited promotion of students from Grade-9 to Grade-10 and from Grade 11 to Grade-12 across Punjab is likely to be announced this week, it is learnt.

Sources in the Higher Education Department (HED) Punjab said that after approval from the provincial cabinet this week the department would direct all the nine Boards of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISEs) in Punjab to declare Matriculation and Intermediate results.

It is pertinent to mention that many colleges and universities have already started offering admissions for BS programmes which has caused a concern among students and their parents who have demanded the government announce the results at the earliest in order to avoid problems during the admission process.

It is also important to mention here that in Punjab the BISEs had conducted Class-10 exams (except for practicals) owing to which the provincial government announced to promote Class-10 students on the basis of their performance in the exams.

The sources further said that the BISEs had already prepared the results and mechanism for promotion and were waiting for the provincial cabinet’s approval to declare the same.

UVAS campuses

reopen from 21st: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) has announced reopening all its campuses in a phased manner from September 21. The university would reopen under the guidelines of Punjab government and Higher Education Commission (HEC). Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad approved 3-phase mode of studies for students after reopening university. He said cleanliness be ensured on the all UVAS campuses including classrooms, laboratories and staff offices as well as students hostels and residential areas. He also stressed that SOPs would also be follow strictly to curb Covid-19 and preventive measures against dengue mosquitoes and disease. The commencement of classes in the 1st phase, 9th semester of five year and 7th semester four year degree programme and 1st semester of all degree program undergraduate and postgraduate will resume from 21st September. In the 2nd phase, 7th semester for five year degree program, 5th semester for 4 year degree program and 2nd semester of postgraduate degree program students will be invited from October 05, 2020.

Random testing for corona on campuses planned: The Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department (P&SHD) has reiterated that no compulsory testing of 100% students and staff in educational institutes in Punjab has been recommended by the government given the low positivity ratio observed last month.

“However, the planned random testing is being carried out to monitor prevalence over time and take corrective measure, if and when required,” Secretary P&SHD wrote in a letter to Secretary School Education Department.

The letter says, “Educational institutes across the province are set to open up in a phased manner from 15th September, 2020. In this regard, testing regime for various institutes as per guidelines is planned with 5% students, administrative staff and support staff to be sampled randomly from different institutes on daily basis. The subject testing will be conducted by the government in phases. “It has come into notice that certain educational institutes are requiring compulsory testing of students. It is requested that the testing plan may be shared with all field formations and instance of any educational institute requiring compulsory testing may be taken up as per law.”