On Saturday, it has been decided by the Sindh Education Department to close schools early all across the province amidst the second wave of the pandemic.
According to the report, members were informed by Education Minister Saeed Ghani of recommendations regarding early school closure, chairing a meeting of the provincial education steering committee members.
Sindh Education Secretary Ahmed Bakhsh Narejo, Secretary Colleges Sindh Syed Baqir Naqvi, senior officials of the education department and officials of private school associations attended the meeting.
The meeting also discussed the issue of winter breaks in schools. Ghani said no final decision was taken in the last meeting chaired by the federal minister of education.
Sources claim it was decided not to close educational institutions for winter break this year. The meeting further decided to further tighten Covid-19 related SOPs in schools and the option to conduct classes online is available for all educational institutions.
In an earlier meeting of the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers’ Conference (IPEMC), provincial education ministers opposed the immediate closure of educational institutions.
Keeping the present situation in mind, consultations were held in regards to the early closure of schools for winter vacations and extending the break. The forum proposed commencing winter break from November and continuing it till January.
Yet, a consensus could not be achieved and the participants of the forum decided to review the situation again November 23.
On November 5, the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training decided not to close educational institutions amid rising COVID-19 cases across Pakistan.