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  • Punjab’s training minister says colleges to right away shut down if coronavirus scenario worsens
  • Says when colleges do reopen, it will likely be with solely 50% attendance
  • Courses 9-10 will rejoin college from January 18, courses 1-8 from January 25

Punjab’s Minister for Training Murad Raas on Thursday mentioned that the faculties and different instructional institutes within the province could be shut down instantly if the scenario necessitates, because the nation battles a second wave of coronavirus infections.

The minister, throughout a go to to a college in Lahore, mentioned that college students’ training had suffered probably the most as a result of coronavirus.

He mentioned that when colleges do reopen, they’d function on 50% scholar attendance.

Talking concerning the challenges confronted by instructional institutes amid the pandemic, he mentioned: “More than 122,000 schools are operating in Punjab, we cannot have two shifts — morning and evening.”

The minister mentioned that courses 9-10 would rejoin college from January 18, courses 1-8 from January 25, whereas universities would reopen from February 1.

Assembly between ministers tomorrow

In the meantime, Minister for Federal Training Shafqat Mehmood mentioned {that a} assembly between training and well being ministers will likely be held tomorrow (Friday) to evaluate the coronavirus scenario within the nation and decide when to reopen colleges.

His tweet got here as a single query was on the lips of oldsters and college students alike: “Are schools opening in Pakistan?”

The minister mentioned: “While I desperately want education to continue, the final decision will be on health grounds. Students’ well being will always be a priority.”

Discover out extra: Shafqat Mehmood says ministers to evaluate coronavirus scenario earlier than colleges reopen

Raas assures mother and father of strict SOP compliance

A day earlier, Raas assured mother and father of strict compliance of COVID-19 security protocols and urged them to ship kids to highschool.

Murad Raas, in a video message, mentioned: “We are reopening schools from January 18 and in the first phase, students of high school will resume classes. In the second phase, the students of primary and elementary schools will resume in-person learning while universities will start classes from Febuary 1.”

The provincial minister mentioned no different sector has proven extra self-discipline than colleges in implementing COVID-19 SOPs and informed the mother and father that the federal government remained vigilant on this all through the interval when instructional institutes have been opened beforehand.

“I request mother and father to ship their youngsters to varsities. The corona SOPs will likely be adopted extra strictly than earlier than and we’re making the very best preparations for the protection of the youngsters,” he added.

Circumstances on the rise

Shafqat Mehmood’s remarks come as Pakistan battles a second wave of the coronavirus with instances continually on the rise.

The nation reported its greatest soar in coronavirus instances in almost a month right now.

Information issued by the Nationwide Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) confirmed that 3,097 folks examined constructive for COVID-19 throughout the nation on January 13, elevating the nationwide tally to 511,921.

The final time Pakistan’s single-day tally crossed the three,000 mark was on December 18 final yr when NCOC reported 3,179 infections.

Discover out extra right here: Pakistan information greatest soar in coronavirus instances in almost a month

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