Punjab Government has planned to ban unvaccinated school students who are old enough to be vaccinated from entering schools to carry the growth rate of COVID-19 infections in schools as announced by Murad Raas, the provincial minister for education.
On Monday, Murad Raas spoke at a press conference in Lahore and opposed the closure of educational institutions explaining that students have already suffered from massive academic loss due to the pandemic.
Provincial Education Minister Raas added more that the high-ups will take action accordingly if the situation gets worse and out of control. He also announced that students of up to 12 years of age will be allowed 50 percent attendance in, in-person classes as they have not been vaccinated yet.
He highlighted that Government has increased the vaccination campaign and 100 percent of public school teachers had been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Furthermore, Matric and Intermediate vaccinated students will continue taking on-campus classes while following COVID-19 SOPs, including compulsory face masks. However, the unvaccinated students in schools will be banned until they get inoculated.
Note: On Monday the meeting of the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers’ Conference (IPEMC) had ended without a decision on the closure of schools. It was arranged again today (Tuesday) with updated data to discuss the situation relating to educational institutions.