Pakistan schools in coronavirus hotspot areas to stay closed till April 11

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood, Schools in Pakistan

All schools, located in coronavirus hotspot areas will remain closed till 11 April 2021, NCOC took decision today. 

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood announced on Wednesday that all schools in Pakistan that are located in coronavirus hotspot areas will remain closed till April 11. He announced it while speaking to the media after an important meeting at the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).  

Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas took to Twitter on Wednesday, shortly after the important National Command and Centre Operation (NCOC) meeting held earlier today, to reveals the names. 

“All public & private schools of Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Sargodha, Sheikhupura will remain closed till April 11th, 2021. The remaining districts will be open on the previous schedule,” he tweeted. 

Federal Education Minister had said the government will hold a meeting with the Cambridge exam board to see whether examinations can be postponed or not. Whereas, board examinations of classes 9 to 12 will be held as per the timetable, he said. 

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Moreover, the number of COVID-19 active cases has doubled in the last three weeks while the positivity ratio has remained above 8% in the last few days. According to the NCOC data, the number of active cases was 17,352 on March 6 which reached 36,849 on Wednesday. 

The number of cases in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir has increased, he said. “The number of infections is relatively less in Sindh, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan,” Mehmood said. The provincial government will now decide the districts where educational institutions will remain closed. 

He further said that the government was well aware of the fact that education of children was being effected after the closure of institutions but health of children is the first priority.  

However, the next meeting of the education and health ministers will be held on April 7 to review the whole situation. 

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