Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani has chaired a meeting of the steering committee of the education department in which it’s informed that the course could not be further reduced even if the examinations had to be rescheduled.
A meeting of the steering committee of the education department chaired by Saeed Ghani discussed the opening of primary, middle and secondary classes from February 1. The meeting also discussed the schedule and syllabus of examinations.
Saeed Ghani said that we have to make extraordinary decisions keeping in view the extraordinary circumstances, our education schedule has been badly affected due to coronavirus, it will take time for us to get back on schedule.
Education Minister Saeed Ghani further said that we have to plan for the new academic year considering the situation.
Note that on 18 January, students from grade 9 to 12 returned to school across Pakistan after two months closure due to spike in coronavirus cases and winter vacations.
The schools have opened with strict compliance of coronavirus health protocols.
However, the students of classes 8 and below will return to school from February 1. The schools were reopened after a high-level committee agreed on a phase-wise reopening of schools.
According to the SOPs, the students must maintain a social distance between educational institutions and vans. Masks will be mandatory for students, including teaching and non-teaching staff, in educational institutions. The doors and windows of classrooms in educational institutions will be opened for ventilation. Seating arrangements for students in the classrooms will be subject to social distance.
Only one student will be allowed to sit at a desk. Parents are advised to keep hand sanitisers and water bottles in their children’s school bags. The cafeteria and canteen in educational institutions will make more use of disposable food service items.
In the case of coronavirus case in educational institutions, the school administration will contact the district health officer.
Education Minister Punjab in his tweet urged to make sure the following of COVID-19 SOPs.
I want to Welcome all the Students, Teachers and the Staff back to Schools of Punjab. Please make sure to wear a Mask at all times and keep your social distance from each other. By following SOPs, we are protecting each other from COVID 19. Be safe. My best wishes are with you.
The Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood took to Twitter late Sunday evening and sent his best wishes to students of classes 9 to 12, as well as O and A level students, who are starting school from today.
Tomorrow classes 9 to 12, O and A level go back to school/ college. Wish them the very best. Their future is our main priority.
Pakistan Coronavirus Cases
Let it be known that 46 more deaths due to Coronavirus infection were reported in the country during the last 24 hours. 1,920 new positive cases were also reported during the last 24 hours and the death toll has now reached 10,997. The active cases of COVID-19 are 34,986 and 475,228 patients stand recovered from the pandemic.