Reopening of schools on Jan 11 would depend on COVID-19 situation in the country, Asad Umar

Reopening of schools on Jan 11 would depend on COVID-19 situation in the country, Asad Umar

Reopening of schools on Jan 11 would depend on COVID-19 situation in the country, Asad Umar

Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has said that the decision to reopen schools is subject to how successful the government would be in curbing the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

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While addressing a presser alongside Prime Minister’s health aide, he said: "Schools will open on January 11, if we are able to control this deadly second wave through effective decisions."

Umar said that the recommendations that were presented by the federal minister for education on Monday were approved by the National Coordination Committee (NCOC).

"Schools will continue to operate and a mechanism will be set up for education to move on uninterrupted. Provinces will take measures according to their feasibility."

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Earlier on Monday, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood had said that the decision to close down educational institutes was taken due to non-compliance with government-issued coronavirus SOPs.

He said that online teaching will continue till December 24.

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