Pakistan to reopen education institutions from Sept. 15

Islamabad: Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood on Thursday said that  educational institutions would formally re-open by September 15 as all stakeholders had developed
a consensus after thorough deliberations and consultation on the issue.

He said the federal government will have initial reviews of health parameters in the first and third week of August prior to the formal re-opening of educational institutions after months-long closure in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing a press conference after taking the final approval from National Command and Control Center (NCOC) on the initiative, he said the final review would be carried out in the first week of September by assessing the overall situation of the pandemic in the country.

In case the current pandemic situation did not improve, then the educational institutions would not open from 15th September, he added.

He pointed out that all decisions were taken unanimously at the Inter Provincial Education Ministers Conference(IPEMC) on Wednesday in consultation with the all stakeholders.

He said that the educational institutions including Madaariss, public and private sector schools, colleges and universities would open step-wise from September 15 under strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

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