Next meeting on November 23
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.
Education Ministers met today but there were different opinions regarding closure of educational institutions. We decided to gather more information and meet again next Monday. I want to assure parents, teachers and students that their health remains our top priority https://t.co/t187X8U8pF— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) November 16, 2020
“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.
ANNOUNCEMENT:— Murad Raas (@DrMuradPTI) November 16, 2020
No decision made on closure of Schools in Punjab today. Next meeting will be on Monday 23rd November, 2020 for further review of the COVID 19 situation. All options are being discussed. No immediate decision for now.
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.
Till now schools will remain open in KP.— Shahram Khan Tarakai (@ShahramKTarakai) November 16, 2020
NCOC will meet again on next Monday for situation analysis .
Schools are strictly following sops in KP. pic.twitter.com/uu5F4sO8to
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.