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Minister for Federal Training Shafqat Mehmood on Thursday stated {that a} assembly between schooling and well being ministers can be held tomorrow (Friday) to evaluation the coronavirus state of affairs within the nation and decide when to reopen faculties.

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

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

On January 4, Mehmood had stated that the federal government will make no compromise on kids’s well being and one other assembly can be held to evaluation the newest coronavirus state of affairs within the nation.

The federal authorities had earlier introduced a phase-wise plan to reopen instructional institutes from January 18 which have been closed on November 26 to comprise the unfold of coronavirus.

Instances on the rise

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

The nation reported its largest leap in coronavirus circumstances in almost a month right now.

Knowledge issued by the Nationwide Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) confirmed that 3,097 individuals examined optimistic 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 largest leap in coronavirus circumstances in almost a month

Punjab minister says faculties will shut down if state of affairs worsens

In the meantime, Punjab’s Minister for Training Murad Raas, throughout a go to to a college in Lahore, stated that the faculties and different instructional institutes within the province could be shut down instantly if the state of affairs necessitates.

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

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

Learn extra: Murad Raas says Punjab faculties can be closed without delay if want be amid coronavirus

A day earlier, Punjab schooling minister Murad 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, stated: “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.”

Extra on this: Punjab schooling minister assures mother and father of strict compliance of COVID-19 SOPs in faculties

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