Earlier today, the federal government decided to shut down all educational institutions from November 26th till December 24th due to the increase in coronavirus cases.
According to the details, Shafqat Mahmood, along with Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan, said that the government will have to take such steps to immediately stop the virus spread.
It has decided to close all educational institutions across Pakistan from November 26th till December 24th. Winter vacations will be started from December 25th to January 10th. Children will continue their academic activities from their homes as all academic sessions will be continued using the online medium.
The provincial governments will decide on the online academic sessions and homework for the students. We are hoping for reopening the educational institutions from January 11th after witnessing improvements in the pandemic situation. The situation will be revised in the first week of January 2021.
Moreover, all examinations have been suspended due to the closure of the educational institutions till January 15. The authorities will try to extend the dates of the board examinations till the months of May and June. Though, entry tests of the educational institutions will be held as per schedule.
Maximum efforts will be made for students to continue their academic activities while living in their homes. A small number of students will be allowed to live in the universities’ hostels.
Dr. Faisal Sultan SAPM on Health said that it is feared for further spread of coronavirus if the authorities fail to take important decisions. He said that medical facilities will be abused after the likely increase in the coronavirus cases.
The special assistant said that the health authorities have discussed the second wave of coronavirus in the recent session of the NCOC and decided to take decisive steps for restricting the virus spread.
Earlier, a session of the inter-provincial education ministers held under the chair of Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood to decide upon the closure of educational institutions during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
The provincial education ministers have shown agreement for the closure of schools during the second wave of coronavirus pandemic. The federal government suggested 1-month closure of the education centers all over Pakistan.
During the session, Shafqat Mahmood said that the lives of the educators and students are most important and no compromise will be made on their health.
As per NCOC, Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity rate has reached 7.46%, which is the highest in a single day since July 22.
The health authorities gave a detailed update on the current coronavirus situation earlier in the day, including a reported spike in deaths and infections, and its influence on educational institutions as well as measures to address the pandemic.
The NCOC was briefed that Pakistan’s positivity ratio has soared to 7.46% lately. Azad Jammu and Kashmir that have been put under a blanket lockdown for a fortnight recorded the highest positivity ratio at 11.45%, followed by 9.85% witnessed in KPK while Sindh recorded 9.63%, Islamabad 8.09%, Gilgit Baltistan 5.23%, and Punjab 3.95%.
It was informed that an average of 35 fatalities have been reported countrywide daily for the past 2 weeks. The positivity ratio of coronavirus cases in education institutions has reached 3.3%.
The NCOC was told that the number of cases has risen in several cities in Pakistan, including Rawalpindi, Multan, Lahore and Faisalabad in Punjab; Karachi and Hyderabad in Sindh; Peshawar, Abbottabad, and Swat in KP; Mirpur in AJK; Gilgit and Islamabad.
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