ISLAMABAD: The federal government has upheld the decision to reopen Matric and Inter classes on January 18 and universities on February 1, but has delayed the opening of classes I to VIII by a week. An important meeting was held today to decide on the opening of educational institutions in the country. The meeting of federal and provincial ministers was attended by provincial education ministers and special assistants for health. The meeting was chaired by Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood. Later, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood while addressing a press conference in Islamabad said that the cases of Corona are still on the rise, education has suffered a lot in the last eight months and the ability to learn goes down due to closure of educational institutions. Shafqat Mehmood said that since the examinations of classes 9th to 12th are going to be held there and it has been decided that no child will pass without examination this year, therefore classes from 9th to 12th class will be held from January 18. Will start, and universities will only open on February 1, however, the start of classes 1 to 8 has been delayed by a week and will now open on February 1 instead of January 25. The Education Minister said that the situation would be reconsidered next week and the NCOC meeting would further review the spread of the epidemic in the cities. It should be noted that at the beginning of this month, in the inter-provincial education ministers’ conference chaired by Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood, in the light of the recommendation of the Ministry of Health, it was decided that the ninth to twelfth educational institutions Educational institutions will open on January 25, while universities will open on February 1. However, the implementation of the decision to open educational institutions was conditional on the decisions of the January 15 meeting.