The provincial education ministers have agreed to resume traditional classroom learning and reopen educational institutes in Islamabad in the first week of September. The decision was taken during the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers’ virtual meeting on Wednesday attended by Shafqat Mahmood, Federal Minister for Education. However, the decision is awaiting approval from the National Coordination Committee and the Ministry of National Health Services.
“Two major policy decisions were taken today. First, the participants of the meeting recommended extending the closure of institutions until the first week of September. Secondly, the meeting also showed willingness to allow professional exams to be conducted under strict SOPs,” commented a source.
Syed Umar Javed, Federal Education Ministry, has announced that schools will be opened on a trial basis for the first time after they were closed in March. Different provinces are, however, allowed to submit their recommendations regarding school reopening and resumption of classes amidst COVID-19.
Education Minister has further commented that the ministry is in touch with UNICEF to gather detailed data required for due implementation of SOPs in campuses across Pakistan.
“Schools will be reopened after taking a look at the coronavirus situation in the country. The final decision to reopen schools will be taken by the National Command and Control Centre,” sources further added.