Islamabad: The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) decided on Tuesday to continue the second phase of the reopening of educational institutions and schools for sixth to eighth grade students.
According to the details, the NCOC meeting hosted by Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar was held in the federal capital to review the coronavirus situation after the country’s schools reopened. Officials from the Ministry of Education informed the meeting that to ensure that all educational institutions strictly implement the SOP, they are ready for the second phase.
Meanwhile, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Minister Shahram Tarakai also announced that middle schools will be reopened from tomorrow. Murad Raas said that coronavirus pandemic is not over in the country so virus cases will emerge in schools but strict implementation of SOPs should be ensured.
On the other hand, the Sindh provincial government has decided to postpone the reopening of the second phase of educational institutions.
Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said at a press conference that government schools do not strictly comply with the Coronavirus Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), but the situation is relatively good.
“Classes from fifth to eighth will not resume on September 21 and situation will be analyzed after a week. Middle classes can be started on September 28 if condition improves but will be postponed if situation deteriorates.”
What needs to be mentioned here is that under the strict implementation of standard operating procedures (SOP), first-tier universities, universities and ninth and tenth grade schools are allowed to reopen from September 15. The elementary school will reopen on September 30 in the third phase.