Punjab Minister for School Education, Dr. Murad Raas, on Tuesday announced to reopen all public and private schools across the province from 16 September.
Taking to Twitter, the minister said:
“All public and private schools of Punjab to open on Thursday 16th September 2021 with the staggered approach.”
All Public and Private Schools of Punjab to open on Thursday 16th September, 2021 with the staggered approach. Only 50% students will be allowed in Schools on any given day. Please follow COVID SOPs issued by the government. Welcome back.
— Murad Raas (@DrMuradPTI) September 14, 2021
The minister added that only 50 percent of students will be allowed to attend the class on a given day. He welcomed back teachers and students to schools and requested them to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 SOPs issued by the government.
Murad’s statement came minutes after Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mahmood, announced the reopening of schools countrywide.
In a brief Twitter message, the federal minister said:
“I am happy to report that all educational institutions will open from 16 September.”
I am happy to report that all educational institutions will open from September 16
— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) September 14, 2021
The government had ordered the closure of schools from 6 September following an alarming surge in coronavirus cases. The schools were scheduled to reopen from 11 September, however, the authorities decided against it due to the pandemic situation.
Now that the COVID-19 cases are slowly declining, the government has announced the reopening of schools with a 50 percent attendance policy.
According to the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), Pakistan recorded 2,580 coronavirus cases at a positivity rate of 5.44% during the last 24 hours. This is the second consecutive day the country has reported less than 3,000 cases in about two months.