Secondary schools in Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu and Kashmir reopened today (Wednesday) after nearly six months.
However, in Sindh, the secondary schools will start from September 28.
According to SOPs issued by the government, masks have been made mandatory for all teachers and students, while educational institutions are required to ensure the availability of sensitizers at their entrances.
Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood had on Tuesday evening formally announced the decision to start secondary classes in schools.
He, however, said that the Sindh government had decided to further review the COVID-19 situation during this week and resume on-campus classes for six to eight graders from September 28.
NCOC Permits To Reopen Schools
Earlier, the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) had allowed reopening of secondary schools across the country from September 23.
According to the details, the NCOC had permitted to open educational institutions in the second phase. The meeting on the opening of educational institutions was attended by Federal Minister Asad Omar, Educational Minister Shafqat Mahmood and Interior Minister.
After the first phase, a total of 35 educational institutions across the country were closed after coronavirus cases surged.
With COVID-19 cases being reported in Sindh’s educational institutions, the provincial government had extended the date for opening schools from sixth to eighth grade by one week.
Alos, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas announced all public and private schools will be allowed to resume classes from six to eight from September 23.
He took to twitter and wrote:
“All Public & Private Schools will be allowed classes 6 through 8 starting September 23rd. It is imperative for everyone to follow SOPs issued by School Education Department Punjab. All of us have to play our part to make this successful InshAllah.”
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Education Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai had also announced to reopen all government and private schools across the province from September 23.