Decision on reopening of schools to be made on July 2, says Shafqat Mahmood

Federal Minister for Education, Shafqat Mahmood, on Friday, refuted rumors regarding the reopening of schools, stating that the issue will be discussed on July 2.

Expressing his views on the National Assembly (NA) floor, Shafqat Mahmood said that the government had not yet taken any final decision regarding the reopening or extension of schools’ shutdown.

“We are facing heavy pressure from the private schools’ management to re-open schools but the health of our children is our priority,” he noted.

Furthermore, the federal minister also refuted the rumors that educational institutions will be reopened from July 15, highlighting the fact that no such decision has been made and a meeting is scheduled for July 2 to discuss the issue.

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It is to be noted that schools across the country have been closed from March 7 to protect students in wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Moreover, the government also intends to introduce radio schools and e-education portal in the next month, whereas government’s Tele-school initiative which is reportedly benefitting around eight million students across the country.