The Private Schools Supreme Council has announced to reopen schools with COVID-19 SOPs in place from January 11th (Monday).
According to the details, the private schools council said the government needed to understand their problems and take steps to resolve them.
The Supreme Council leaders said education and healthcare played an important role in the development of a country but unfortunately, the two areas had never been the priority of any government in Pakistan. They said even in the annual budget, the amount allocated for these two sectors remains very low.
Supreme Council leader Dr. Afzal Babar said that “The difference between other countries and Pakistan is that the closure of educational institutions was the last option for them, while here in our country this is the first option,”
He added most of schools across the country did not have access to the Internet and that thousands of schools have closed their doors and many others are following the suit.
Let it be known that Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood on Friday last week, said that a final decision on the reopening of schools will be taken in the NCOC meeting scheduled to take place on January 4 (tomorrow).
Shafqat Mahmood said that the government is mulling over to reduce this year’s summer vacations and postponement of examinations scheduled in March, but the final approval would be given by the NCOC.
Coronavirus Situation in Pakistan
As many as 2,272 new cases of the coronavirus were reported during the past 24 hours, pushing the national tally of infections to 486,634.
Whereas, 53 more people died during this period, bringing the death toll from the highly contagious disease to 10,311.