NCOC suggests reopening educational institutions on ‘top-down, rotational’ basis

NCOC reopening educational institutions

On Thursday, NCOC suggested the reopening of the educational institutions in the country with the top to bottom approach, there would be opening of universities first, then colleges, and schools at last on the rotational basis.

The meeting took place on Thursday of The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) regarding the discussion of the reopening of educational institutions across Pakistan. However, the final decision will be taken on 7th September 2020 where it would be clarified that when to open educational institutions and what would be the precautionary measures.

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The meeting was attended by representatives of various educational institutions, including public and private sector institutions and madaris, to reach a consensus-based decision on the opening of various institutions from university to school levels.

All the provincial, Azad Jammu, and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan focal representatives joined the meeting via a video link where the whole discussion was carried out.

Moreover, according to the NCOC statement released after the meeting held for reopening of educational institutions, “The timings of various institutions should be reduced by suspending various activities which involve mass gatherings, including co-curricular activities.”

Everyone in the meeting was briefed regarding the current coronavirus condition in Pakistan and around the world, also they were told about the risks and challenges which are involved in the opening of educational institutions. As now the condition is stable in the country but the situation is related to children of all ages who will be sent to school when institutions will reopen.

After hectic and lengthy consultations with international experts, academia, and think tanks, particularly those who had been working on the reopening of the educational sector, NCOC took the final decision and informed all representatives of educational sector representatives.

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood further informed in the meeting that the final decision to reopen schools would be taken on September 7 after agreement and input from all relevant stakeholders.

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