Primary schools Reopen across the country on Wednesday amid the strict implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) designed to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
According to the details, the government allowed primary schools to resume classes on September 30 (today) after reviewing the situation of Covid-19 in the country.
Educational activities were fully restored across Pakistan after primary schools reopened across the country on Wednesday as part of a phased program jointly announced by the federal and provincial governments.
In the first phase, hundreds of thousands of universities, colleges, schools, and madrasas were reopened across Pakistan on September 15, ending a shutdown of more than six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Authorities had planned to resume educational activities in phases 187 days after suspending them. Therefore, universities, colleges, schools (only Class IX and X), and madras were the first to reopen on September 15.
Subsequently, students from Class VI to VIII resumed their studies as of September 23. Thus, pupils from elementary schools/sections were the last to join their peers on Wednesday (September 30).
The decision was made unanimously at the meeting of the National Command and Operations Center in Islamabad.
Reporting to the media, Federal Education and Vocational Training Minister Shafqat Mehmood together with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan said that the decision was made in consultation with all federated units, including Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
He said that the decision has also been made taking into account the current situation regarding the Coronavirus pandemic that is under control.
He said that the decision to reopen primary schools was difficult, however, the government after consulting with provincial ministers decided to reopen educational institutions.
Federal Minister of Education Shafqat Mehmood said that all the provinces agree on this. “Primary classes will start on 30th September will be SOP,” he added. The Minister warned the school administration to strictly implement the (SOPs) designed to slow the spread of the virus.
He said any school found to be in violation of health protocols will be shut down without notice.
Shafqat Mahmood further said that children’s health will not be compromised.