File Photo: A girl student at a government-run high school in Balochistan's Pishin district: Photo provided by UNICEF

High schools to remain closed till Eid in Balochistan: Bazai

Education Desk : 

High and higher secondary schools across Balochistan will remain closed till Eid ul Fitar in view of increasing cases of the COVID19. “We have issued a notification of the closure on Monday”, Sher Khan Bazai, the Secretary Education Balochistan told Quetta Voice.

This decision on the part of the Balochistan government has come a week after the closure of primary and middle schools. The government has decided to close all high and higher educational institutions in view of the third wave of coronavirus, Mr. Bazai said.

School closure decision made at NCOC meeting

The decision to close educational institutions made during the meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCOC) on April 23rd. The meeting thoroughly discussed all ways and means with regard to the third wave of the coronavirus.

Mr. Bazai however clarified that the Secondary Schools Certificate Annual Examination would continue as per the schedule. Although, he mentioned that examination staff strictly directed to follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Balochistan confirms 21, 477 positive cases of coronavirus so far 

The cell has so far confirmed 21, 477 cases of the novel coronavirus, Waseem Baig, the Spokesman Corona Cell said. Mr. Baig said the virus has so far claimed 230 lives in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan since its outbreak last year.

Primary and middle schools across Balochistan would remain closed till Eid ul Fitar. The government has taken this step in view of increasing cases of the COVID19. The Balochistan education department has made this decision in light of the recommendations by the NCOC, the Secretary of Education informed.

Academic activities from class one to eight will remain suspended 

Academic activities from class one to eighth will remain suspended till Eid in all public and private schools throughout the province, Mr. Bazai said.

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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.