Health of students govt's first priority: minister

Health of students govt's first priority: minister

Islamabad (Web Desk): Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood on Saturday said that health of students is our first priority and any decision we make will be guided by advice of Health Ministry.

In a post on Twitter, the minister said that six months closure deeply affected the students and decision to open schools was taken with great care.

Shafqat Mahmood said that closure of schools, colleges and universities for six months has deeply affected students and any hasty decision to close the institutions will ‘destroy’ education.

Meanwhile, the Sindh government has postponed second phase of reopening of educational institutions.

Addressing a news conference on Friday, Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said that the coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs) were not followed 100% at the government schools but situation was relatively better.

“Classes from fifth to eighth will not resume on September 21 and situation will be analyzed after a week. Middle classes can be started on September 28 if condition improves but will be postponed if situation deteriorates.

“The government will make no compromise on the health of students,” he said.

On Thursday, the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) said at least 22 educational institutes across the country have been shut down in the last 48 hours for not complying with government-issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for curbing the spread of Covid-19.

On Friday, the NCOC said that at least 13 more schools have been shut for not implementing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to contain curb the spread of novel coronavirus across the country.

According to details, the NCOC said that 13 educational institutions have been sealed over the violation of the coronavirus SOPs.

10 educational institutions were closed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and 3 in Sindh. The outbreak spread in educational institutions due to lack of precautionary measures.

Educational institutions across the country reopened on September 15 after a six-month coronavirus break.

The government had decided to close school, colleges and universities in March in order to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Sindh, however, had suspended educational activities in the province on February 27 after detection of first COVID-19 case in Karachi.