Primary Schools to reopen in Balochistan

Primary Schools to reopen in Balochistan

Education Desk:

Spokesman government of Balochistan, Liaquat Shahwani has announced the reopening of all government-run primary schools across the province. Schools would reopen from tomorrow (Wednesday), Mr. Shahwani said in a statement released to the press.

The Balochistan government had earlier requested an extension in the closure of primary schools in the province amid increasing cases of coronavirus in educational institutions. Several schools closed in the aftermath of reports of coronavirus in the province recently.

Academic activities in primary schools 

“Academic activities would start in all 12,218 primary schools in Balochistan”, Mr. Shahwani mentioned. He said masks, sanitizers would be provided to all government-run schools to ensure implementation of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Although, the education department’s statistics show that 8,188 government-run primary, middle and high schools have no toilets across Balochistan.

Over 11,000 government-run schools have no facility of drinking water, Sher Khan Bazai, the Secretary Education Balochistan told the daily Quetta Voice.

The Spokesman said the health department would conduct coronavirus tests of all teachers and students in the province. He however stated educational institutions would quarantine teachers and students testing positive for the coronavirus for 14 days.

“They would rejoin classes after completion quarantine period”, Mr. Shahwani said. Balochistan had reopened universities, colleges, and higher secondary schools on September  15 after the announcement of the federal ministry of education.

Balochistan University, Sardar Bahadur Khan (SBK) women university, and the Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences (BUITEMS) closed after reports of coronavirus this month. Educational institutions in the province have reported 525 cases of the novel coronavirus, the Corona Cell said in a daily situation report. Most of the cases reported in Quetta, the provincial capital.

Schools across Balochistan paint a bleak picture when it comes to basic facilities.

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Quetta Voice is an English Daily covering all unfolding political, economic and social issues relating to Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province in terms of area. QV's main focus is on stories related to education, promotion of quality education and publishing reports about out of school children in the province. QV has also a vigilant eye on health, climate change and other key sectors.