Universities, schools to reopen from Sept 15

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

On Wednesday, a meeting of all the education ministers of the country decided that Pakistan’s educational institutes would re-open from September 15.
Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood chaired the meeting which finalised that the schools and universities will resume classes from next month and action will be taken against those who violate the decision.
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had proposed to reopen the educational institutions from September 1, which was opposed by all the participants, a spokesperson of Sindh education minister said.
The government had announced in July to resume educational activities in the country from September after reviewing the coronavirus situation.
Shafqat Mahmood had then said that the decision has been taken to allow schools to call its administration staff before September 15 and announced that trainings will be conducted to ensure that SOPs are implemented.
He said that provinces will be responsible for ensuring SOPs that are followed, cautioning schools to follow the procedures laid out by the government. “It is my request to private schools, especially, that the SOPs that you will have to follow will be the ones made by the government,” he said.
Earlier Wednesday, Punjab Education Minister Dr Murad Raas had rejected reports of the government reopening schools in the province from August 15, saying that it will happen only if the coronavirus conditions are “manageable”.