Schools to be reopened with three shifts as per SOPs: Sindh govt.

 
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KARACHI -- While the government has agreed on the reopening of education institutes in September after five-month closure, All Private Schools Association's chairperson Tariq Shah said on Thursday the SOPs had been worked out to safeguard school-goers against the pandemic.

The Centre and provinces agreed on Wednesday that schools, colleges and universities be allowed to reopen in the first week of Sept with strict enforcement of the standard operating procedures.

Speaking to a private Tv channel on Thursday, Tariq Shah said there would be a mechanism in place, defining children's movement and seating arrangements in schools.

Schools would operate in three shifts spanning three hours each under the SOPs, he disclosed.

Shah lamented that though schools were unable to collect more than 35 percent of their total tuition fees due to the shutdown, they had to pay building rent, salaries of staff and utility bills at any cost.

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He said the Sindh government had promised them just interest-free loans and they were not given any relief in terms of reduced electricity bills. Had school owners been offered financial assistance they would have been in a position to pass some relief on to parents, he added.

Yesterday, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood had chaired an interprovincial education ministers' conference wherein the decision to reopen educational institutions in September was made.

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International Center of Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi here on Thursday announced admissions to its M.Phil and Ph.D programs-2020.

According to ICCBS spokesman the intending candidates can fill and submit admission forms with scanned copies of required mark sheets through online admission portal www.uokadmission.edu.pk till July 19 and that due to current COVID-19 induced situation all candidates would be exempted from admission test.

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Admissions would, however, be offered after interviews, he said mentioning that successful candidates would be admitted to Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD) and HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry in accordance to their scores.

Candidates have been advised to download prospectus 2020 and fee voucher via www.uokadmission.edu.pk and that applicants must also submit a non refundable processing...

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