Educational Institutions Reopening Decided in Today’s Meeting
All the provincial education ministers have agreed to reopen educational institutions (schools, colleges, universities) across Pakistan in the first week of September on carrying out strict standard operating procedures (SOPs).
A meeting chaired by Federal Minister Education Shafqat Mahmoud in Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) held today. The representatives from all four provinces, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir participated in the meeting via video link.
It was said that the coronavirus situation will be observed before opening the educational institutions in the first week of September 2020. He shared that educational institutions should not be opened before September.
The proposition will be given to National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) and the final decision will be declared by NCOC tomorrow. However, the reconsideration on the decision will also be possible on August 22 and if the situation of the coronavirus is not changed, the new schedule will be declared soon.
Educational institutions will also be allowed to conduct examinations. The conference planned to hold two more meetings before September so that situation can be completely judged. The final decision will be taken in the last week of August in taking account of the advice of the Health Minister.
The suggestions will be forwarded to NCOC and the final decision will be given by Prime Minister. All the educational institutions (schools, colleges, universities) were closed in March 2020 by Pakistan Government on the sudden outbreak of coronavirus.
Shafqat Mehmood had said last month that Government is thinking in reopening the educational institutions with strict imposition of SOPs. Propositions were asked from Madaris and private educational institutions across the country including Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir.
Shafqat Mehmood added that through UNICEF, education ministry was in contact with those countries that had opened schools following various SOPs. He added that consultations were being taken by UNICEF on Government policy.