Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mahmood, has rejected spurious reports suggesting that the government is mulling over shutting down schools from 15 October once following the rising number of Coronavirus cases among students and teachers.
Taking to Twitter, the Federal Minister said:
Fake news being circulated on social media that educational institutions will be closed on Oct 15. No truth in this.
— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) October 5, 2020
Likewise, Punjab’s Education Minister, Murad Raas, has also denied similar reports, urging the public to adhere to Coronavirus SOPs.
FAKE NEWS ALERT:
Public and Private Schools of Punjab to remain open as scheduled. Schools closing on October 15th is completely FALSE. Please strictly follow SOPs.
— Murad Raas (@DrMuradPTI) October 5, 2020
Academic activities in educational institutes across the country resumed on 15 September, almost six months after the federal government had decided to shut down educational institutes following the outbreak of Coronavirus in Pakistan.
On 29 September, Mahmood revealed that only 1284 students and teachers out of 171,400 had tested positive for COVID-19 since 15 September.
Overall, Coronavirus cases in Pakistan have crossed 316,000 while 6,535 deaths have been reported so far. In the last 24 hours, Pakistan has reported 634 new Coronavirus cases and 12 deaths.