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Punjab Training Minister Dr Murad Raas addresses a press convention in Lahore, Pakistan, July 2, 2020. Twitter/Murad Raas (@DrMuradPTI)
  • Punjab schooling minister assures residents COVID-19 scenario is monitored every day for the protection of scholars and academics
  • His remarks come as college students from grades 9-12 are set to rejoin faculty on January 18
  • Raas says main, center faculty and college college students will rejoin courses on February 1

Punjab’s Minister for Training Murad Raas on Friday mentioned that the COVID-19 scenario throughout the province is monitored every day for the protection of scholars, academics and their households.

His assertion comes as a gathering of the Nationwide Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) was held which was attended by well being and schooling ministers. It was determined that faculties should reopen on January 18, as was initially deliberate.

Raas introduced the schedule for the reopening of faculties in Punjab. He mentioned courses 9, 10, 11 and 12 will open on January 18, whereas main, center faculty and college college students will rejoin courses on February 1.

Earlier this month, the federal authorities introduced a phase-wise plan to reopen academic institutes from January 18 which had been closed on November 26 to comprise the unfold of coronavirus.

Shafqat Mehmood proclaims NCOC’s selections

In the meantime, Federal Minister for Training Shafqat Mahmood addressed a press convention after the NCOC assembly and introduced what was determined between the ministers.

Here is what was determined:

  • Courses will begin for college kids of grades 9 to 12 college students from January 18 as determined earlier. Exams are due for these college students.
  • Federal and provincial governments have determined that college students is not going to be handed with out exams this yr like they had been final yr.
  • One-week extension granted for begin of courses for college kids of grades 1-8. They had been earlier supposed to begin by January 25.
  • Main faculties will reopen from February 1.
  • Increased schooling institutes nonetheless to reopen by February 1 as determined earlier.

NCOC will re-evaluate information in every week and determine whether or not the choice to reopen main faculties and better schooling institutes on February 1 in cities the place infections charges are excessive is acceptable or not as an infection charges differ between cities, mentioned the minister

Shafqat Mehmood mentioned that the newest statistics present that the positivity ratio has gone down to six.10%, however it’s nonetheless excessive. Additionally, the speed of essential sufferers continues to be as excessive because it was in November and so is the an infection price.

“One thing is clear: all those associated with education, in politics or the government realise that learning levels of children has been severely affected because of the closure of schools,” Mehmood mentioned.

Nevertheless, well being is essential too, the schooling minister mentioned, emphasising that the necessity of the hour is to maintain a stability between persevering with schooling and minimising the danger to college students.

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