Sindh government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab on Saturday has urged the government officials and educational departments to reconsider their decision of reopening schools, stating that the “situation is still not certain”.
In a tweet, Murtaza Wahab stressed that children may not be able to follow the COVID-19 SOPs and that the infection has still not been eliminated across the country.
“The situation is still not certain and children may not be able to follow the [standard operating procedures] SOPs,” he said in a tweet.
As a parent, I would request the Education Department, Government of Sindh as well as the Federal Govt to reconsider the decision of opening up the schools especially the primary sections. The situation is still not certain & children may not be able to follow the SOPs
— Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui (@murtazawahab1) September 12, 2020
Earlier on September 7, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood had said that educational institutions will reopen across the country in phases starting September 15, as COVID-19 infections continue to decline.
“All universities, Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) institutes, and colleges will be reopened from September 15,” said Mahmood. “[The government] has allowed for classes of grades IX, X, and XI to be conducted [from September 15] as well.”
The minister had thanked parents for “patiently waiting” for the past six months, stating that the country is now able to reopen colleges and universities from September 15.