Federal and provincial education ministers have suggested early and extended winter vacations in schools amid the second of coronavirus in Pakistan.
According to the details, Federal and provincial education ministers gathered up to attend the meeting of the
National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) to decide about the closure of schools as the country is reporting a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Sources said that Federal and provincial education ministers proposed that schools across the country should be closed from November till January 2021 to prevent the spread of the virus among the students.
It was discussed in the meeting that cases in Pakistan have risen to a dangerous level. Commenting on the situation, Federal Minister of Education Shafqat Mehmood said we cannot play with the lives of students and teachers.
Later the meeting was postponed till next week. A decision on the closure of educational institutions will be made next week. The next session is scheduled for 23rd Nov.
On the other hand, Education Minister Punjab Murad Raas in his tweet announced that:
No decision made on closure of Schools in Punjab today. Next meeting will be on Monday 23rd November, 2020 for further review of the COVID 19 situation. All options are being discussed. No immediate decision for now.
— Murad Raas (@DrMuradPTI) November 16, 2020
The meeting was announced last week following the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) recommendation to announce early and extended winter vacations for schools due to the rising positivity rate in educational institutes.
The NCOC had said that Mehmood would chair a special session with provincial education ministers on November 16 on the matter.
Coronavirus in Pakistan
The number of coronavirus cases continues to spike across the country as 2,128 fresh cases have been reported in the last 24 hours.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the national tally of cases now currently stands at 359,032.
The number of active cases has soared to 28,048. 19 more people succumbed to the disease over the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 7,160.
A total of 29,511 tests were conducted across the country during this period. 323,824 people have recovered from the deadly disease while 4,950,561 samples have been tested thus far.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak began, Sindh has reported 155,680 cases, Punjab 110,450, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 42,370, Balochistan 16,407, Islamabad 24,218, Gilgit Baltistan 4,452, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir 5,455.