Sindh government on Friday, announced its decision to postpone the reopening of schools for secondary classes for students of VI, VII and VIII grade.
Addressing a press conference in Karachi, Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said that the secondary classes were scheduled to reopen from September 21st, however the decision to reopen schools for VI, VII and VIII grade has been postponed over COVID-19 fears.
The minister noted that the educational institutions have failed to effectively ensure coronavirus preventive measures and SOPs and several students, faculty members and non-teaching staff have tested positive for the novel virus across the province already.
“The positivity rate of the virus in schools and colleges alone is 2.41 per cent,” he said.
The development comes as earlier, around 22 educational institutions were sealed by government authorities over COVID-19 SOPs violations across the country on Thursday.
16 educational institutions were closed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), one in Islamabad, whereas five educational institutions were sealed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir region.
Meanwhile in Sindh, eight COVID-19 cases were reported at two colleges in Matiari district including Government Girls’ Degree College Matiari, Government College Maula Saeedabad and 18 coronavirus cases atGovernment Degree Boys’ College Bhan Saeedabad; six coronavirus cases were reported at Army Public School in Sehwan, whereas five people tested positive for COVID-19 at overnment Girls’ High School Sehwan