NCOC Announces Spring Vacation for Schools in Punjab and Islamabad

The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) called another huddle of all the provincial education ministers earlier today to review the school reopening modalities amid changing COVID-19 situation in the country, which the doctors are naming the third wave of the novel coronavirus.

The meeting took place at the NCOC headquarters in Islamabad with Federal Minister for Education and Professional Trainings, Shafqat Mahmood, in the chair.


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Announcing the decisions taken in the meeting, the education minister highlighted that there was a surge in COVID infections but maintained that the situation is not as bad as it was in November-December.

Schools, colleges, and universities in Faisalabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Gujranwala, Multan, Gujrat, and Sialkot will be closed from Monday till 28th March.

All schools, colleges, and universities will remain closed in the mentioned cities while the alternative day policy i.e. 50% attendance will be followed in Sindh and Balochistan.


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The move to revisit the decision regarding schools has come just days after the government announced they were going back to regular 5-6 days a week classes from the first of this month.

Note that all the educational institutions across the country had been reopened from the first of February after a two-month closure due to the second coronavirus outbreak in October-November.

Other NCOC Decisions

Addressing the press conference, Dr. Faisal Sultan said the meeting has decided to continue the ban on the activities at indoor venues, i.e., wedding, dining, till April 15th due to the rising number of cases.

Dr. Faisal said a sharp rise in coronavirus cases has been witnessed since February and stressed upon adhering to COVID-19 SOPs. He said that smart lockdowns have been re-enforced in areas where the number of coronavirus cases is surging.

He said that the 50% work from home policy will be implemented at the discretion of federating units.  However, it will be enforced in ICT with immediate effect. The time limit of 10:00 PM on all commercial activities will be re-enforced with immediate effect, barring essential services.


  • واہ تمام مارکیٹس تو کھلیں گی پر پڑھائی بند کر دی جائے گی اور پرائیویٹ سکولز کی فیس کا بوجھ والدین برداشت کریں گے۔
    اگر حکومتی ادارے ایسا فیصلہ کرتے ہیں تو انہیں فیس کے لئے بھی کوئی فیصلہ لینا چاہئے کہ بچوں کی تعلیم کا ہرج اور والدین کی جیب دونوں کے بارے میں ہی فیصلہ آنا چاہئے اور اس پر عملدرآمد بھی کروانا چاہئے۔ سکول کھلیں کچھ دنوں کے لئے اور فیس پوری اس پر ظلم یہ کہ فیس سکول کی پوری۔

    • Agree with you,
      I just want to add that GOVT should take strict action in markets and other public places where no SOPs being followed.

  • Shame on this gov taking such decisions on the main stream of the country…the students n thier studies r getting worst day by day because of this gov….shame on u shame on u ….fake policies fake government.the wedding halls r open the markets r open the parks r open…each n every place is open except schools….

    • Health is important too for the country. You need to understand that. Ask those families who have lost their loved ones due to COVID. Don’t just blame the GOV.

  • The meeting took place at the NCOC headquarters in Islamabad with Federal Minister for Education and Professional Trainings, Shafqat Mahmood, in the chair.

  • It is a good decision to save the little children but at the same time, Online Schooling should be promoted and implemented properly. Moreover, the burden of heavy Fees on parents should also be reduced strictly by the Govt.

  • It’s a good decision. People are talking against it because they have not been through this disease themselves. They dont know the pain of losing a loved one. Nothings more important than life itself.

  • Pta nh q log fees ka rona rotay hain jb schools wagaira bnd hotay hain jb schools open hotay hain tb b to fees pay krtay hi jo na to ab q nh r zindagi sy barb k r koi b cheez nh hai to dnt blame govt k schools wagaira bnd kr k galat kr rahay hain… Hmari qoam ka shumar un logon may hota hai jinka koj bhala karay to agay sy kehtay hain q kiya r agr na kró bhalai to tb b kehtay hain q nh socha hmara…. 1 daal agr bachon ko schools ki bijaiy ghr may parha lo gy to koi qayamat nh ajay gi ya daal zaiya ho jay ga to koi bht bara farq aiy ga at least ap k bachay to save rahay gy na is bimari sy

  • تمام مارکیٹس تو کھلیں گی پر پڑھائی بند کر دی جائے گی اور پرائیویٹ سکولز کی فیس کا بوجھ والدین برداشت کریں گے۔
    اگر حکومتی ادارے ایسا فیصلہ کرتے ہیں تو انہیں فیس کے لئے بھی کوئی فیصلہ لینا چاہئے کہ بچوں کی تعلیم کا ہرج اور والدین کی جیب دونوں کے بارے میں ہی فیصلہ آنا چاہئے اور اس پر عملدرآمد بھی کروانا چاہئے۔ سکول کھلیں کچھ دنوں کے لئے اور فیس پوری اس پر ظلم یہ کہ فیس سکول کی پوری۔

  • The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) called another huddle of all the provincial education ministers earlier today to review the school reopening modalities amid changing COVID-19 situation in the country, which the doctors are naming the third wave of the novel coronavirus.

  • Health important Hy tu health ki facilities provide krna b zaruri Hy. Govt should take action to facilitate people, na k school close KR k drama Kia jae.
    Aj senat me 8 jahilon ne Quom ka qeemti waqt aur Paisa waste Kia, en aqal k andhon ko ye ni malum k vote k liye stamp Kahan lagani hy ye khaak qanoon sazi kren ge???
    Bewaquf Hy awam Jo en jaise jahilon ko support krti Hy aur mulk-o-Qoum ka Bertha gharak krti Hy.


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