The federal education minister, Shafqat Mahmood has announced that no decision has been taken to close the schools. The meeting of the National Command and Operation Center was held on 16th November to decide about the closure of the schools and the early winter vacations. The meeting was also attended by the interprovincial education ministers and health officials that assessed and reviewed the COVID-19 situation. According to the sources, there is only a slight increase in the coronavirus cases and random testing is being done in the various schools.
In the wake of the increasing number of coronavirus in the country, the NCOC meeting has been deferred till 23rd November. This was announced by the Ministry of Federal Education after considering the impact of the coronavirus on the education sector. Till now no final decision has been taken to close the schools as the second wave of coronavirus hit the country. Shahram Khan Tarkai, KP minister for elementary and secondary education also stated that the schools across the province will remain open and the students will continue their study routine as per schedule.
Punjab Schools To Remain Open
The Punjab education minister, Murad Raas took his Twitter to make an announcement about the decision on the school closure. He said that no decision has been made to close the schools in the province Punjab as the situation of the coronavirus is under control. The next meeting will be after one week to further review the situation. Currently, all the options are being discussed but no immediate decision to shut down the schools. The students are advised to follow the preventative measures and wear masks to protect themselves. The coronavirus positivity rate has surpassed 7% in Pakistan that has raised an alarming situation.