Considering the suggestions of the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC), the government will make the final decision regarding the reopening of the primary schools. The schools were closed since March in order to control the spread of COVID-19.
According to the report back on 15th September, the universities and colleges of 9th and 10th classes were resumed for on-campus learning. Similarly, on 22nd September the students of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade returned to schools after almost a six-month break.
Sindh delayed the reopening of middle classes by a week but permitted it later after reviewing the COVID-19 situation.
From September 30th, the students of primary and pre-primary classes are scheduled to return to schools.
Liaquat Shahwani, the spokesperson of the Balochistan government said that the provincial authorities decided to have a 15-day delay in the reopening of primary schools in the NCOC meeting.
The spokesperson’s statement was released following the increase in cases in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The test positive percentage in Balochistan witnessed an increase of 11.9% in a single day on 23rd September as per the World Health Organisation (WHO). This reduced to 7.8% on September 26.
Back in May, WHO suggested that the positive percentage should remain less than 5% for two weeks before governments can consider reopening.
As per the Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood schools have been reopened in Pakistan, with strict SOPs implementation.