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Shafqat Mehmood says coronavirus state of affairs to resolve reopening of faculties

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Shafqat Mehmood says coronavirus situation to decide reopening of schools

Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood on Thursday introduced {that a} assembly might be held tomorrow (Friday) between schooling and well being ministers to assessment the coronavirus state of affairs in Pakistan.

In a press release on Twitter, he mentioned that the state of affairs must be reviewed earlier than college students can begin going again to highschool.

His tweet got here as a single query was on the lips of fogeys and college students alike: “Are schools opening in Pakistan?”

The minister mentioned: “While I desperately want education to continue, the final decision will be on health grounds. Students’ well being will always be a priority.”

On January 4, Mehmood had mentioned that the federal government will make no compromise on youngsters’s well being and one other assembly might be held to assessment the newest coronavirus state of affairs within the nation.

The federal authorities had earlier introduced a phase-wise plan to reopen instructional institutes from January 18 which had been closed on November 26 to include the unfold of coronavirus.

Cases on the rise

Shafqat Mehmood’s remarks come as Pakistan battles a second wave of the coronavirus with instances always on the rise.

The nation reported its greatest bounce in coronavirus instances in almost a month right this moment.

Data issued by the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) confirmed that 3,097 individuals examined constructive for COVID-19 throughout the nation on January 13, elevating the nationwide tally to 511,921.

The final time Pakistan’s single-day tally crossed the three,000 mark was on December 18 final 12 months when NCOC reported 3,179 infections.

Punjab minister ensures strict compliance of protocols

A day earlier, Punjab schooling minister Murad Raas assured dad and mom of strict compliance of COVID-19 security protocols and urged them to ship youngsters to highschool.

Murad Raas, in a video message, mentioned: “We are reopening schools from January 18 and in the first phase, students of high school will resume classes. In the second phase, the students of primary and elementary schools will resume in-person learning while universities will start classes from Febuary 1.”

The provincial minister mentioned no different sector has proven extra self-discipline than faculties in implementing COVID-19 SOPs and advised the dad and mom that the federal government remained vigilant on this all through the interval when instructional institutes had been opened beforehand.

“I request dad and mom to ship their youngsters to colleges. The corona SOPs might be adopted extra strictly than earlier than and we’re making the most effective preparations for the protection of the kids,” he added.

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