COVID19 hotspots: Educational institutions to remain closed till April 11

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COVID19 hotspots: Educational institutions to remain closed till April 11

News Desk :

Federal Minister for Education, Shafqat Mehmood on Wednesday said educational institutions would remain closed in COVID19 hotspots till April 11. The Minister’s statement has come after the third-wave of the novel coronavirus in the country.

He made the announcement at a press conference after chairing a meeting at the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). The meeting was also attended by senior officials from the health and education department, and provincial education ministers.

Shortly after today’s meeting ended, the provinces announced the areas where schools will remain closed.

Sindh announced that its schools will remain open as usual, with 50 percent student attendance allowed.

Areas other than Islamabad where schools will remain closed:

Punjab

  • Lahore
  • Rawalpindi
  • Gujranwala
  • Gujrat
  • Multan
  • Faisalabad
  • Sialkot
  • Sargodha
  • Sheikhupura

KP

  • Peshawar
  • Mardan
  • Charsadda
  • Swabi
  • Kohat
  • Lower Dir
  • Malakand
  • Swat
  • Nowshera
  • Buner

During the press conference, Mahmood said that the forum noted the high incidence of coronavirus cases in several districts of Punjab, KP and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. “However, the number of cases in Sindh, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan is relatively low.

“Therefore, it was decided that educational institutions in selected areas, where restrictions were imposed previously, will continue to be closed till April 11,” he said, adding that this applied to schools, colleges, academies and universities alike.

Mahmood stated that the provincial governments will also decide if schools need to be closed down in other areas.

COVID19 hotspots: Educational institutions to remain closed till April 11

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