FDE directs all its schools to resume working with 100pc attendance from tomorrow


Saturdays to be observed as ‘vaccination day’ in capital’s educational institutions

Zubair Qureshi

The Federal Directorate of Education through a notification dated Oct 9 (Saturday) has directed all its educational institutions to resume work with 100 percent attendance w.e.f Oct 11, Monday (tomorrow).

According to the notification, all educational institutions would work (Monday-Friday) according to already notified timing while Saturday will be observed as Vaccination Day as per directions of the government.

In the order addressed to all heads of educational institutions it has been made clear that vaccination of students aged 12 and above was mandatory in order to ensure their safety and improve immunity.

“For the age group of 12-18 years, only Pfizer vaccine is being administered through Mobile Vaccination Teams and all Covid Vaccination Centres all free of cost where dedicated counters for students shall be established,” the notification says.

The notification further says that there will not be any change of date as announced by the National Command – Operation Centre i.e. Oct 31 for partial vaccination (first dose) and Nov 30 for full vaccination.

Compliance of Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures including wearing of masks, hand washing and temperature-monitoring would be observed as usual and without any compromise, says the notification.

The FDE has notified that all heads of institutions are responsible to submit 100 percent vaccination certificates of the teaching and the non-teaching staff (if applicable) and all students (12 years and above) of their respective schools.

It is added in the notification that MVTs shall be visiting all institutions where students aged 12 and above are enrolled. “Whenever needed Saturdays will be utilized for the purpose,” concludes the order.

Islamabad, meanwhile reported less than 2% Covid-19 positivity rate as after 4,028 tests conducted in last twenty-four hours 75 returned positive. The positivity rate thus was recorded 1.86%.

The city’s toll after one death reached 931 while tally of infections climbed to 106,508. The recovered cases are fast increasing with decline in infections and by Saturday, there were 103,004 cases of recoveries reported so far.

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