Educational institutions in Sindh to reopen from tomorrow

Coronavirus restrictions: Sindh private schools to announce fate of educational institutes Monday

By

Karachi: The Association of Private Schools rejected the Sindh Provincial Government’s decision to close schools amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, and held a meeting on Monday to determine future course of action.

After the COVID-19 positive rate exceeded 10% and schools and other departments were closed from July 26 to curb the spread, the Sindh provincial government re-imposed the lockdown restrictions.

Aleem Qureshi of the Association of Private Schools said that the provincial government should announce a clear and explicit policy on educational institutions, because schools and universities should start a new academic conference in August.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the academic year is being affected for the third consecutive year. The Provincial Task Force on COVID-19 should consult stakeholders instead of making unilateral decisions,” he said, according to a report published in The News.

Qureshi suggested that the task force consider Punjab-style summer vacations till July 31 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Closing the schools and colleges is not the solution as it is the time for new admissions,” he said.

He pointed out that since 80% of faculty and staff in private schools have been vaccinated, the risk of spreading COVID-19 due to schools is very low. He insisted that private schools have been strictly following the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

He said that the closure of educational institutions will increase the number of out-of-school children in Sindh, which has increased from 4 million to 6 million in the past two years.

He said that an emergency meeting of the province’s private school associations will be held on July 26 to discuss future action plans.

Qureshi suggested that the task force consider Punjab-style summer vacations till July 31 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Closing the schools and colleges is not the solution as it is the time for new admissions,” he said.

You may also like

%d bloggers like this: