Schools, Universities reopen in Pakistan after gap amid COVID-19

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

01st Feb, 2021. 10:25 am

Schools (primary and middle) and universities across Pakistan reopened today (Monday) after nearly three months break amid the continued battle against the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The schools and universities across Pakistan have been reopened after a detailed discussion at the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), with all stakeholders.

The forum decided that students in Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore and Peshawar would attend classes with 50% strength on alternate days.

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood wished the best to students on Twitter Sunday night.

Later at night, Mahmood said that universities that are not reopening on Monday despite government permission should “reconsider”.

However, schools in the upper areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have not reopened due the extreme weather conditions.

The winter vacations in schools located in upper areas of KP extended till February 14th. It was announced late last month by the provincial government. The decision would apply to public sector and private schools.

It is pertinent to mention here that back on November 23 last year, after the second wave of coronavirus cases hit the country, the government announced that all educational institutions would close again from November 26.

Classes were taken online till December 24 and winter vacations started from December 25 and were supposed to last till January 10. The government said it would hold a meeting to review the decision to reopen schools on January 4.

The NCOC then decided that schools would reopen in phases with classes 9 to 12 being the first to reopen on January 18.

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