The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday allowed schools across the country to resume in-person classes for grades six to eight starting today.
Following the decision, Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa issued notifications on resumption of middle school classes from Wednesday. However, Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said schools in the province would reopen on Sept 28.
Earlier this month, millions of students in Pakistan returned to classes as educational institutions reopened after a break of six months. In the first phase, all higher educational institutions including universities, professional colleges, vocational institutes, as well as classes nine to 12 resumed on Sept 15.
Classes six to eight were scheduled to resume from Sept 23 in phase 2 while primary students were set to return to schools on Sept 30. Addressing a media briefing in Islamabad later in the day, the federal education minister said that the government had been closely monitoring the health situation since schools reopened.He added that he and the provincial ministers had visited schools across the country to ensure that standard operating procedures for curbing the spread of the virus were being followed.