Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood on Friday rejected false news that schools across the country would remain closed till October due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Shafqat Mahmood said the meeting between all the education ministers will decide the likelihood of reopening schools and that too, in a phased manner.
“Some fake accounts in my name are spreading false news that schools will remain closed till Oct. Not true.
Education ministers meet on 7th to finally decide with the likelihood of opening on Sept 15 in a phased manner,” he said in his tweet.
Some fake accounts in my name are spreading false news that schools will remain closed till Oct. Not true. Education ministers meet on 7th to finally decide with likelihood of opening on Sept 15 in a phased manner
— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) September 4, 2020
He chaired a conference of the education ministers of all four provinces in Islamabad where it unanimously decided not to reopen schools before September 15.
On the other hand Chairman All Sindh Private Schools and Colleges Association Haider Ali that a meeting will be called on 10th September involving all stakeholders.
Chairman Haider Ali said that prolong and continuous closure of educational institutions must now end.
He assured that the institutions will be reopened with specified SOPs.
The chairman also warned that protests will be conducted if education ministers do not present clear policy in the meeting.
Furthermore, Haider Ali said that people in the education sector suffering from severe mental and financial distress.
A suggestion from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government to open schools from September 1 rejected by all provinces.