NCOC recommends ‘early, and extended’ winter vacations

It has been recommended by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) to give “early and extended winter vacations” for schools because of increasing positivity rate in educational institutes across Pakistan.

According to the report, the body decided that Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood will chair a special session with provincial education ministers on November 16 where the proposal will be put forward. It also said that the meeting of the ministers will also “assess and review the positivity ratio prevailing in educational institutions”.

The NCOC decided to put forward the recommendation after Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar chaired a session of the body which reviewed the “epidemic curve data and disease prevalence in country including education sector”.

According to a statement, the NCOC was informed about the “increasing positivity ratio in educational institutions” and the need to stop the trend. The body also shared that it will share with the provinces its recommendations, after “consultative discussions”, for “consequent decision and enforcement”.

NCOC stated, “The forum, taking into account rising positivity ratio, suggested for an early and extended winter vacations to reduce impact of disease spread and ensure safety and health of students.”

In a meeting last week, Pakistan had decided to keep the schools open in the country.

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The meeting was presided by Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood and was attended by his provincial counterparts as well.

The decision was made in unison by all provincial education ministers after health ministry officials briefed the participants of the online meeting on Pakistan’s coronavirus situation.

The meeting had also ruled that there would be no winter holidays in Punjab, while a decision on whether there would minimal number of winter holidays or none at all would vary on the geography of the particular provinces.

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