Sindh’s Minister of Education and Labor Saeed Ghani said on Wednesday that the province’s educational institutions will remain open-allowing 50% attendance.
“The news of educational institutions closing on March 15 are baseless,” he said in a statement, following Federal Minister for Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood’s announcement of schools’ closure in several cities across Pakistan.
The minister said the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), in its meeting today, overviewed the country’s coronavirus situation.
At this time, the positive rate of seven cities in Punjab Province and Peshawar has risen. As a result, educational institutions will take 15 days off there-spring break.
“The coronavirus situation in the province is under control …. we had reopened educational institutions on February 1 after consultations in the steering committee — and even then, the attendance was restricted to 50%,” he said.
He clarified that educational institutions will not be closed in the province. He said that if a case is reported in an educational institution, it will only be stamped.
Earlier, due to the surge in coronavirus cases, Mehmood announced the closure of schools in multiple cities since Monday, March 15.
Speaking to the media after a meeting at the NCOC, the federal minister said educational institutes would be closed in Islamabad and other Punjab cities from Monday for two weeks.
Moreover, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said a decision had also been taken to extend a ban on indoor activities and reimpose the 50% work-from-home policy. The implementation of the work-from-home policy has been left to the discretion of the provinces but will go into effect in Islamabad immediately.