The Sindh government has decided to delay the reopening of secondary classes from grades VI to VIII that were supposed to resume from September 21.
In a press conference on Friday, Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said the government will review the coronavirus situation by September 28 and then decide a new date.
This means that primary classes will also not resume from September 30.
The minister said that ever since the schools have reopened 89 students and teachers have tested positive. “The positivity rate of the virus in schools and colleges alone is 2.41%.”
He added that the education department has been visiting schools across the province to check the implementation of coronavirus SOPs at schools and colleges. “It is also the responsibility of the parents that they instill the importance of wearing masks and social distancing in their children.”
The Sindh government had earlier expressed its concern over resuming primary classes across the province from the last week of September after coronavirus cases were reported at educational institutions.
Earlier this week, a number of students and teachers of both private and government colleges and universities were diagnosed with the virus just two days after educational institutions across the country reopened.
Following this, the government has become wary of calling primary students back to school. The government had decided to reopen schools in phases.
Universities, colleges, and class IX and X resumed from September 15. Students from classes VI to VIII will be called to schools from September 23 and students enrolled below class VI will be called in from September 30.
Education Minister Saeed Ghani has started working on an advisory with Health Minister Azra Pechuho and will discuss the matter with the education ministries of other provinces as well.
On Thursday, three schools in Orangi Town were sealed for violating coronavirus SOPs and calling in primary students.
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.
On September 4, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood and Dr Faisal Sultan, the PM’s assistant on health, had issued a list of precautionary measures that all schools would have to follow after reopening.