National Command and Operation Center is considering announcing the early and extended winter vacations in the schools. As the cases of the coronavirus are rapidly increasing so all the education ministers will once again sit down to formulate a further strategy. The NCOC meeting will be held on 16th November in which it will be decided whether the schools will once again close or remain open due to the second wave of the pandemic. The ministers will discuss the possibility of declaring the winter vacations or to extend the duration of the vacations to protect the students from the COVID-19.
Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference
Earlier the federal education minister, Shafqat Mahmood had presided over the meeting in which all inter provincial education ministers participated. In the previous meeting, it was decided that there will be no winter vacations in the province of Punjab while all the education ministers of the other provinces will take the decision by evaluating the situation of COVID-19 in their province respectively or to limit the number of vacations so that the students can cover their courses in the meantime. Currently, the education minister has strictly directed the students to follow the preventative measures.
Positivity Rate Exceeds 5%
After the three months, the coronavirus positivity rate exceeds 5% in the country that has raised an alarming situation. In June the recorded positivity rate was 23% but it had fallen to 1.7% in September. By considering the situation of the virus the schools that were closed in March then reopened in September. But now as the second wave has hit the country so the NCOC is once again considering to announce the extended winter vacations for the students. The final decision will be made in the committee of the National Command and Operation Center.