ISLAMABAD: Phase-wise of reopening schools across the country will continue from 23 September with resumption of secondary classes taking place from tomorrow (23rd September) according to the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC).
The decision was made today at a meeting of education ministers which was attended by Planning Minister Asad Umar, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood, Interior Minister Brig (r) Ijaz Ahmad Shah and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan.
Following the meeting, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas took to Twitter to inform everyone about the decision stating that phase-wise reopening of schools which includes class 6 through 8 will remain on schedule and continue from tomorrow (23 September).
However, Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani has clarified that schools in the province will not be reopening from tomorrow and will resume classes from September 28 as announced in a notification earlier.
Read more: Sindh delays second phase of reopening schools.
Director of Balochistan Education Department also stated that secondary classes will resume from tomorrow but the province will not shut schools in case coronavirus cases emerge, adding that anyone tested positive will be quarantined for 14 days.
Khyber Pakthunkhwa Education Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai also took to Twitter after the meeting confirming reopening of schools in the second-phase with class 6 to 8 resuming from tomorrow.
Everyone at the meeting emphasized at the importance of following the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in order to keep the coronavirus situation under control.
However, Private Schools Action Committee is not happy with Ghani’s decision to delay the reopening of schools in Sindh and have demanded the government to enforce the decisions made earlier and have Ghani resign from his post immediately.
A protest will be held at the Karachi Press Club against the decision to keep all schools shut according to the committee’s chairman Parvez Haroon.