Despite the recent rise in Coronavirus cases, educational institutes will remain open, Education Minister Punjab, Dr. Murad Raas, has confirmed.
Taking to Twitter, Dr. Murad said that the provincial government is closely monitoring the situation on a daily basis, adding that the random COVID-19 tests are being conducted in schools and colleges as well.
However, the Punjab government isn’t considering shutting down schools across the province based on the current Coronavirus situation.
Terming the increase in Coronavirus cases as ‘nothing alarming,’ Dr. Murad urged the public to follow SOPs to curb the resurgence of the viral infection.
Keeping a very close watch on COVID 19 cases in Schools of Punjab. Random testing is being done continuously. There is a slight increase in numbers but nothing alarming. Situation being analysed on daily basis. There is NO plan to close Schools as of right now. Please follow SOPs
— Murad Raas (@DrMuradPTI) November 1, 2020
On the other hand, Twitterati are calling on the provincial government to shut down the educational institutes amid rising Coronavirus cases.
Schools must close down . SOPs r being followed inside the schools . We the parents r at risk when we pick our kids . No matter how hard the school tries , there is a crowd at the gate to pick kids and there is no social distance . Not even possible .
— Maria Ali (@MMariaaALI) November 1, 2020
خدارا انگلینڈ کی طرح پاکستان میں بھی 1 سے 2 ماہ کے لیے اسکولز بند کریں تاکہ حفاظت ہو اگلے 2 ماہ انتہائ خطرناک ہیں- بچوں اور اُن کے گھر والوں کی زندگیوں سے نا کھیلیں
— Areeqa (@AazadPakistani) November 1, 2020
Once it gets out of control it won't be possible for govt to control the situation. Last time the only thing we did right as compared to rest of the world was we stopped our public gatherings immediately especially PSL matches & schools.
— Hazim Ahad Khan (@HazimKhan127) November 2, 2020
Dear Mr. Minister,
Your people are literally harassing people including families who have already been tested positive and quarantined at home. Please release an official notification so that situation is clear!
— Abdul Rehman (@arehman_12) November 1, 2020
The situation is not alarmig yet . Are you waiting for to be alarming so that you will take step . No institute at college level is following the SOP'S . Mainly Punjba Group Of Colleges Sialkot Hajipura Campus
— AbdullahQadeer (@Abdulla40621430) November 1, 2020
Last week, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), amid the rising Coronavirus cases across Pakistan, had again declared facemasks as compulsory for all citizens.
Moreover, the NCOC had also reinstated the old business hours that were imposed during the national lockdown.
In the last 24 hours, Pakistan has reported 1,123 cases and 12 deaths due to the Coronavirus cases.