The final decision regarding reopening schools across Pakistan will be made on September 7 after assessing the coronavirus situation in the country, however, all schools will have to strictly follow SOPs announced by the government, Prime Minister’s Assistant on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said on Friday.
During a media briefing, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood and Sultan issued the precautionary measures that all schools will have to follow when educational institutions reopen.
Schools and parents will have to adhere to the following instructions after the institutions reopen:
Mahmood stressed the importance of the role of principals and teachers in the implementation of SOPs. “The student will be the responsibility of the school,” he said.
“In the last six months the educational loss incurred by students has been immense,” the minister said, adding that small schools have suffered the most during this time.
He advised that when children come back, their tests should be taken to gauge their learning levels.
In another meeting of the steering committee headed by Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani, it was suggested that educational institutions be reopened in stages.
Classes above the ninth grade should begin on September 15, followed by secondary level classes (grades six to eight) from September 21. Ghani suggested that primary classes should begin the last, from September 28.
“We have sent the suggestions to the federal committee,” he said, adding that a final decision will be taken after the meeting next week.