Are educational institutions in Pakistan re-opening in September?

Following the pandemic, the educational institutes were forced to shut down by the Federal Government in late February.

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The Provincial Education Ministers, including Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir’s Ministers, conducted a meeting on Wednesday, to decide on the reopening of schools and colleges. After careful consideration, the Federal Education Minister, Shafqat Mehmood, decided to reopen all educational institutes across Pakistan from the first week of September.

The National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) will give the final approval to reopen educational institutes in September, after reviewing the situation of Covid-19 countrywide. A report regarding the matter stated:

NCOC will only allow educational institutes to reopen after implementing strict SOPs, to ensure students and staff do not fall victim to Covid-19.

Before this report, two other related reports had surfaced – the former claimed that the educational institutes were to reopen from July the 15th, while the latter claimed that the educational institutes were to resume on August the 15th.

Shafqat Mehmood rejected both the unconfirmed reports. He said:

The educational institutes will reopen once the Coronavirus situation across the country gets better.

Following the pandemic, the educational institutes were forced to shut down by the Federal Government in late February. The purpose of this was to protect students and staff members from contracting the virus. Ever since then, the educational process in Pakistan has been severely disrupted.

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