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No decision on school closure taken: Pakistan Education Ministry

Next meeting on November 23

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 16, 2020 | Last Updated: 6 months ago
Posted: Nov 16, 2020 | Last Updated: 6 months ago
No decision on school closure taken: Pakistan Education Ministry

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The decision to close schools across Pakistan will be taken November 23, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood has said.

After the meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre and education ministers of all the provinces, it was decided that educational institutions across the country will not be closed yet.

Mahmood said that after the meeting on November 23, it will be decided whether winter vacations will be extended or the schools will be closed.

The education ministers of all provinces agreed that markets and businesses should be closed first, not educational institutions.

At night, Mahmood tweeted that the education ministers will reconvene next week to discuss the issue. He said they weren’t able to agree on whether to close schools during Monday’s meeting.

“I want to assure parents, teachers and students that their health remains our top priority,” he wrote.

The All Pakistan Private Schools and Colleges Association have appreciated the government’s decisions well.

Earlier, Murad Raas, the education minister of Punjab has said that no immediate decision was taken on the matter of closing schools in the province.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Shahram Khan Tarakai confirmed that schools in the province will remain open until further notice as well.

Earlier in the day, Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the government will not go for a complete lockdown. A micro smart lockdown will be imposed in areas most affected by the virus.

In the last 24 hours, over 2,100 COVID-19 cases were reported across Pakistan. So far, 7,160 people have lost their lives to the virus. Health experts have warned that the country is battling a second wave.

Last month, the Federal Ministry of Education had announced that there won’t be any winter vacations this year. “Students have suffered a huge educational loss this year due to the coronavirus lockdown and they can’t afford vacations,” Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said.

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  1. Natasha  November 16, 2020 2:19 pm/ Reply

    Plz samaa news forward this message bahria university karachi campus me koi sop’s follow nahi ho rahy coronavirus se related I have proves and videos

  2. Anonymous  November 16, 2020 4:46 pm/ Reply

    Students’ health should not be sacrificed upon.

  3. HereToHelp  November 16, 2020 5:10 pm/ Reply

    Closing of schools should happen. Adults of all should understand that kids are immature and don’t really “know” about this. Online learning is going really well in my opinion. In the future, I know they will use this method of online learning. Pakistan is suffering a lot. Schools should close.

  4. Sana  November 16, 2020 5:23 pm/ Reply

    Koi sop following nh ho rahi ha school me mere bucho k school me parents chutti k time gate se chipak k khure hote ha or usi condition me buche Gate se bahar arahe hote ha school me teacher bh mask use nah kr rahi ha govt ne school mafia se theek thak paisa lia ha school open rkhne ka bucho ki life ki parwah nh ha govt ko

  5. ALI ASGHAR  November 16, 2020 7:30 pm/ Reply

    Why not ,u ain’t afraid that kids gonna get coronavirus?

  6. Sundas  November 16, 2020 9:33 pm/ Reply

    Life is important more than any other thing what they are going to decide for people deaths ratio are increasing Nd they even don’t facilitate properly and no one completely following Sops
    Schools should be closed what they are waiting for bad situation

    • Hasan  November 17, 2020 7:25 pm/ Reply

      Yes, Sndus, I agree.
      Well said.
      Thank you!

  7. Minahil Khizar  November 22, 2020 5:54 pm/ Reply

    I think schools should close because our children’s are our future so we have to close the schools and start online classes

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