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Schools, universities across Pakistan to reopen from September 15

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 5, 2020 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Aug 5, 2020 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
Schools, universities across Pakistan to reopen from September 15

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All educational institutions in Pakistan will reopen from September 15, it was decided in an inter-provincial meeting headed by Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood on Wednesday.

The meeting was attended by all provincial education ministers via video link. It examined the success of online education during the coronavirus lockdown in the country.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s request to reopen schools, colleges and universities in the province was rejected by Mahmood after which a consensus was reached on the opening date of September 15.

The meeting also discussed on keeping a single curriculum across provinces. In the next meeting, ministers have been instructed to present their suggestions on the matter.

On Tuesday, Lahore All Private Schools Association President Kashif Mirza had announced at a press conference that schools in Lahore would reopen from August 15 with implementation of coronavirus SOPs. He said that if the government prevents them from doing so, their unions will stand up and protest against them.

“Qualified teachers with masters and MPhil degrees have been forced to set up small food stalls,” he said, adding that this will not be tolerated by the association.

Members of the private school association of Sindh have made similar demands citing an increase in child labour since the school closure.

In July, the Islamabad High Court had rejected a petition filed by school owners to reopen schools before the date announced by the government.

The owners asked the court to pass an order to reopen schools across the country. They said that they have suffered financially after the schools were closed in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah said that the government is looking into the matter. The government is responsible for making policy and the court will not interfere in the matter, he said.

All educational institutions across the country were closed in late February after coronavirus cases had spiked. According to reports, the cases are on a downward trend now. Following this, the private schools owners have been demanding the schools be reopened immediately.

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5 Comments

  1. khawaja mubasher  August 7, 2020 2:55 pm/ Reply

    all schools rather private or governmental should be reopened on 15 of september 2020 because as we have lost many of our coleagues due to covid-19 . so we should try our best to keep ourselves as well as others away from this virus and for that reason we should obey whatever the gov guides us

    • Unknown  August 20, 2020 8:55 pm/ Reply

      yes agree.

      • kk  September 3, 2020 6:27 pm/ Reply

        yes

  2. Anonymous  August 11, 2020 12:58 pm/ Reply

    Many of our relatives had died due to covid 19 and we are mostly likely to die after opening of schools. MAY ALLAH PROTECT US. AMEEN

  3. Laiba Shoukat  September 1, 2020 11:06 am/ Reply

    Schools colleges and universities should be reopen on 15th september because many students may not be concentrate on studies because of her or his personal home issues.

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