Schools in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) will reopen for classes 9 through 12 from 19 April 2021 (Monday), weeks after all educational institutions were closed across various districts in these provinces due to alarming number of coronavirus cases.
Punjab Education Minister Dr Murad Raas took to Twitter with the announcement and said that schools for classes 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th will reopen from Monday (13 April 2021).
However, the education minister mentioned that classes will only take place twice a week (Monday and Thursday) in these 13 districts (Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Multan, Toba Tek Singh, Sargodha, Bahawalpur, RYK, DG Khan due to a surge in coronavirus cases.
ANNOUNCEMENT:— Murad Raas (@DrMuradPTI) April 16, 2021
Classes 9,10,11,12 to start in Public & Private Schools on April 19th on Monday & Thursday in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Multan, TTSingh, Sargoda, Bahawalpur, RYK, DG Khan. Remaining Districts to follow regular Schedule
Meanwhile, Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KP) Education Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai has also announced that schools in the province will reopen from 19 April 2021 for classes 9 through 12 under strict compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs).
“It is planned to stagger classes of grade 9, 10, 11, 12 under the strict compliance of SOPs while the rest of the classes will be started from 27 April 2021,” he said on Twitter while sharing a notification regarding the matter.
“All public and private educational institutions including cadet colleges, model schools, madaris, academies and tuition centers in the Districts of Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda, Mardan, Swabi, Kohat, Swat, Malakand, Dir Lower, Dir Upper, Buner, Bajaur, Khyber, Shangla, Abbottabad, Haripur, Chitral Upper, Chitral Lower, Mansehra, DI Khan, and Bannu shall commence classes for grade-9 to grade-12 from 19 April,” the notification read.
It is decided today in the provincial task force covid-19 meeting that schools will be commenced from Monday 19 April 2021. It is planned to stagger classes of grade 9,10,11,12 under the strict compliance of SOPs while the rest of the classes will be started from 27 April 2021. pic.twitter.com/qLDis7NaQz— Shahram Khan Tarakai (@ShahramKTarakai) April 16, 2021
It is pertinent to mention that schools in Punjab and KP will remain closed for classes 1 through 8 for mentioned districts.
Furthermore, the districts where these restrictions were not placed will continue to call students and hold normal classes with strict SOP compliance as per schedule.