Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood on Tuesday denied rumours circulating that schools and educational institutes would be closed once again over the growing number of coronavirus cases.
In a tweet, the federal minister said: “Fake news being circulated on social media that educational institutions will be closed on October 15. No truth in this.”
Fake news being circulated on social media that educational institutions will be closed on Oct 15. No truth in this.
— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) October 5, 2020
Similarly, denying reports of schools closure again, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas said that all public and private schools of Punjab will remain open as scheduled.
“Schools closing on October 15 is completely false. Please strictly follow SOPs,” he said in a tweet.
FAKE NEWS ALERT:
Public and Private Schools of Punjab to remain open as scheduled. Schools closing on October 15th is completely FALSE. Please strictly follow SOPs.
— Murad Raas (@DrMuradPTI) October 5, 2020
Statements from the lawmakers came as rumours circulated about the closure of educational institutions after coronavirus cases were reported among pupils and teachers at many schools.
Earlier, the education minister had announced the resumption of educational activities from September 15 in a phased manner after new virus cases recorded a steady decline.
The government had in March decided to shut all education institutions to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.