ISLAMABAD : Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood has said that the final decision regarding the opening of educational institutions will be taken on Monday. Briefing the media persons in Islamabad on Friday, he said proposals are being discussed to gradually resume the educational activities. He said there is a proposal to resume the classes of Nine and above from the 15th of this month. Keeping in view the situation, the classes of six, seven and eight may be resumed a week after. And if the situation remains better, there is a proposal to open the primary level schools from 30th September. The final decision to this effect will be taken on September 07, in the Inter Provincial Education Ministers’ Conference (IPEMC), he briefed while addressing a press conference at National Command and Operation Center (NCOC). After taking final decision in the IPEMC, initially, the higher educational institutions (from 9th and above) will be opened while, after reviewing the pandemic situation for one week, 6th to 8th classes will also be opened, he elaborated.“If the corona related indicators will remain normal, the primary classes will be started”, he informed. He refused to take any step that would affect children’s health as it was top priority of the government. Shafqat was satisfied on the overall Coronavirus related indicators, stating that the number of cases had been declined. He said, “the pandemic had badly affected the education of students. We will review the educational loss of students during the last six months in consultation with the provinces. The students’ learning level will be checked and the schools will be advised in that regard”, he added. He urged the students to work hard to cover their educational loss. He hoped that by next year the schools would work in normal routine. “We were well aware about the financial loss of private sectors especially the lower grade schools”, he added. The Education Minister stressed to ensure implementation on the Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs). He said teachers and head teachers would play vital role in ensuring the implementation on SOPs.