Schools across Pakistan to reopen from tomorrow

Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood on Tuesday announced the reopening of primary schools across Pakistan from tomorrow September 30 with strict adherence to government-defined SOPs.

Briefing the media after a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Covid-19, he said the decision to reopen primary schools was taken in consultation with all the provinces as well as Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Shafqat Mahmood said a mere 0.8 percent of the samples taken at education institutions after they resumed on-campus classes turned out to be positive for Covid-19. “The decision regarding school reopening was made keeping in view children’s future,” he maintained.

He said many schools were sealed for violating the SOPs.

In Sindh, however, all primary and secondary schools resumed classes from Monday.