The coroner’s situation is being monitored daily across Punjab to protect students, teachers and their families, the province’s Education Minister Murad Rass said on Friday.
His statement came at a meeting of the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) attended by the Minister of Health and Education. It was decided that the schools should reopen on January 18, as planned.
Ross announces school reopening schedule in Punjab Classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 will open on January 18, while primary, middle school and university students will resume classes on February 1, he said.
Earlier this month, the federal government announced a phased plan to reopen educational institutions from January 18, which was closed on November 26 to curb the spread of the corona virus.
Shafqat Mahmood announced the decisions of the NCOC
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood addressed a press conference after the NCOC meeting and announced what has been decided between the ministers.
It was decided here:
- As scheduled, classes for Grade 9 to 12 students will begin on January 18. Examinations are compulsory for these students.
- The federal and provincial governments have decided that students will not pass this year without an exam, as they did last year.
- One week extension to start classes for students in grades 1-8. The first was to begin on January 25.
- Primary schools will reopen on February 1.
- According to the earlier decision, the Higher Education Institute is to be reopened by February 1.
The minister said the data would be reviewed in a week and it would be decided that the decision to reopen primary schools and institutions of higher learning on February 1 in cities with high infection rates was appropriate. Or not because the infection rate varies between cities.
Shafqat Mahmood said that the latest figures show that the positivity ratio has come down to 6.10%, but it is still high. Also, the rate of critical illness is still as high as it was in November and the infection rate is the same.
“One thing is clear: everyone involved in education, in politics or in government, realizes that the closure of schools has severely affected children’s learning,” Mahmoud said.
However, health is also very important, the education minister stressed, adding that the need of the hour is to strike a balance between continuing education and minimizing the risk to students.