Middle schools will be allowed to reopen under strict implementation of SOPs

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) Tuesday decided to ahead with second phase of reopening of educational institutions and reopen schools for grade six to eight students.

According to details, NCOC meeting chaired by Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar was held in federal capital to review coronavirus situation after reopening of schools in the country. Officials of Ministry of Education informed the meeting that strict implementation of SOPs in being ensured in all educational institutions and they are ready for the second phase.

Meanwhile, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Minister Shahram Tarakai also announced that middle schools will be reopened from tomorrow. Murad Raas said that coronavirus pandemic is not over in the country so virus cases will emerge in schools but strict implementation of SOPs should be ensured.

On the other hand, Sindh government has decided to postpone the second phase of reopening of educational institutions.

Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said in a news conference that the coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs) were not followed 100% at the government schools but situation was relatively better.

“Classes from fifth to eighth will not resume on September 21 and situation will be analyzed after a week. Middle classes can be started on September 28 if condition improves but will be postponed if situation deteriorates.”

It is pertinent to mention here that in first phase universities, colleges and school for ninth and tenth grade were allowed to reopen from September 15 under strict implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Primary Schools will be allowed to reopen from September 30 in third phase.