Sindh Allows Schools With 100% Vaccinated Staff to Reopen Next Week

The government of Sindh has allowed educational institutions with 100 percent vaccinated staff to reopen from Monday, 30 August.

The Working Committee of the Education Department decided on Friday to open schools and colleges six days a week with strict adherence to the 50 percent attendance policy.

The administrations of educational institutes have been directed to divide students into two groups and allow each group to attend classes in person on alternative days. This will prevent students from taking more than three classes a week.


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On the same note, teachers, staff members, and parents of students have been urged to submit their vaccination certificates to the schools before 30 August, and administrations have also been told to run awareness campaigns for parents to convince them to get vaccinated.

The attendees of the meeting also decided that special teams from the Education Department will monitor the implementation of the COVID-19 SOPs at the educational institutes.

Prior to this development, the provincial government and the All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF) were at loggerheads over the issue of the reopening of schools. The private schools had demanded the resumption of classes from 23 August but the government had insisted on extending the closure for another week over fears of a spike in coronavirus infections among students.


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The provincial Minister for Education, Syed Sardar Ali Shah, told a news channel last Sunday that one of the reasons for the extended closure of the schools was that the inoculation of the teaching and non-teaching staffs was not 100 percent completed.

He stated that the government had provided teachers and parents additional time to get vaccinated and submit their certificates to the schools.

He had also warned that only schools with 100 percent vaccinated staffs would be allowed to reopen on 31 August.



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