Keeping in view the rising nation-wide tally of the Covid-19 cases, the Balochistan government has agreed to three-month closure of educational institutions in the cold areas and has planned to hold exams before the commencement of vacations.
Balochistan Education Minister Yar Mohammad Rind in a statement released on Wednesday said that educational institutions will remain closed for three months in cold areas, whereas examinations will be conducted before the commencement of vacations.
Earlier this week, the Gilgit-Baltistan government also decided to keep all the educational institutes closed from November 17 to 23 across the province keeping in view the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
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Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood on Monday called an emergency meeting of all provincial education ministers where he, along with input from others, deferred the decision to close schools up until the next meeting. Mahmood said that any decision to close schools and other educational institutions will be taken after thorough deliberations from all stakeholders.
Parents and students have asked Mahmood to give a call for shutting down schools in view of the rising Covid-19 cases in the country asking the authorities to ensure no one is affected by the virus.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had said earlier on Monday that the government is constantly monitoring the situation and the decision to close schools or allowing them to continue their activities will be taken after one month.
The government has asked all schools and education operators to observe strict standard operating procedures at schools in order to decrease the number of positive Covid-19 cases.
The cases have risen significantly over the last two weeks as the second wave of Coronavirus has gripped the country. The government has also imposed smart lockdown across various high-risk cities in the country.