Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas recently announced that schools in the province are strictly following the SOPs related to coronavirus. Whereas schools with positive COVID-19 cases are temporarily sealed.
We are closely monitoring the situation because of which you are seeing very few cases of coronavirus among schoolchildren and teachers,
He further stated that there are 120,000 public and private schools in the province, and it is not possible to visit every school to monitor whether they were following SOPs or not. However, out of 117 schools with positive cases of coronavirus, 16 have been temporarily closed.
We are carrying out random testing. When we find there is a single case, we suspend the classes, and if there are multiple cases reported on campus, we temporarily shut down those schools,
The report further added:
At the end of the day, the lives of students and teachers are the most important thing to consider. However, an across-the-board decision is not possible because if there are more cases in Gujranwala, for instance, we cannot close schools in other cities. It does not make any sense.
I am sending my children to school as well and I think the government took the right decision by reopening schools,
I think we are doing absolutely fine and there should be no winter vacation either. Unless there are concrete numbers available, it’s not right to take a drastic decision.