The Punjab government has closed all public and private schools and colleges in 25 districts till further notice. A notification in this regard was issued on Sunday and will be effective from Monday till further notice.
Provincial Education Minister, Murad Raas, confirmed the development on his Twitter handle.
“NOTIFICATION: All Public & Private Schools will be closed immediately in the Districts stated below in the Notification till further notice. Classes 9,10,11,12 will also be closed in these Districts starting Monday 26, 2021.”
He also shared a copy of the notification with the tweet that said that the schools and colleges have been closed in districts “where COVID-19 positivity ratio is more than 5 percent shall remain suspended with immediate effect till further notice unless the list of districts is modified otherwise.”
The concerned districts are:
- DG Khan
- Jhang, Kasur
- Mandi Bahauddin
- Rahim Yar Khan
- Toba Tek Singh
The decision has been taken following Friday’s National Coordination Committee (NCC) meeting, in which the government decided on stricter measures for SOP compliance. While addressing the media after the meeting, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) head, Asad Umar, announced that schools across the country would be closed in areas where the COVID prevalence rate is more than 5 percent.