Shafqat Mahmood to announce final decision about schools closure tomorrow

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

22nd Nov, 2020. 09:45 pm
Budget 2021 HEC budget

Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood has on Sunday said the provincial and federal ministers will sit together tomorrow (Monday) to take decision on the closure of educational institutions.

In the wake of second wave of Coronavirus pandemic, the minister, Shafqat said the important meeting regarding schools closure will take place on Monday.

“The meeting would be attended by all provincial education ministers,” he said, adding that he will hold a press conference tomorrow at 12:30 pm and announce the final decision.

Earlier this week, the federal government sent recommendations regarding closures of schools to the provinces. According to the recommendations, primary schools may be closed from November 24.

According to the first suggestion, all primary schools in the country should close on November 24, all middle schools should be closed on December 2 while all secondary and higher secondary educational institutions should be closed on December 15.

Earlier, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s private educational institutions have rejected the government’s proposal to close schools from November 24.

The Private Schools in a statement said that further closure of schools is not affordable.

KP Health Minister Taimur Jhagra said that the decision regarding educational institutions could be taken two days before and after November 23.

Positive Cases in the Country

Moreover, according to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), as many as 38,983 samples were tested during the past 24 hours, out of which 2,665 turned out to be positive.

Coronavirus Death Toll across Pakistan

The infection claimed 59 more lives across the country, lifting the death toll from the disease to 7,662. The number of active Covid-19 cases increased to 36,683.

Tests and Recoveries

A total of 374,173 confirmed cases have been reported while 329,828 have recovered thus far. 653 of the patients under treatment are said to be in critical condition.

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