Educational institutions to reopen on Sept 15.


Byline: Rahul Basharat

ISLAMABAD -- The government has decided to re-open all educational institutions from September 15, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood said yesterday.

He, however, said that the health indicators of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will be considered twice before implementing the decision.

The minister said this while addressing a press briefing here after the meeting of National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) and Inter Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC).

Informing about the decisions taken in the NCOC and IPEMC about re-opening of the institutions, the minister said that it has been decided with consensus of all provinces to re-open the educational institutions from September 15 across the country.

However, he said that before implementing the decision, the meeting of IPEMC will be held twice in the beginning and end of the month of August to review the health indicators of COVID-19.

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'If the health indicators of COVID-19 remained favourable, all educational institutions will be opened from September 15,' said Shafqat Mahmmod.

Earlier, the government had announced opening of the educational institutions from July 15 after they were closed to stop the spread of COVID-19 infection in the month of March.

The federal minister for education said that during this time the authorities will review and discuss the situation of spread for two to three times.

'If the situation is not improved then the institution will remain closed,' he said.

The minister said that all educational institutions will prepare Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) while provincial and federal authorities in their jurisdictions will strictly monitor implementation on SOPs.

He said that the provinces have come with multiple recommendations about the procedures to be opted and institutions will implement the suitable formulas.

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