As of January 18, the federal government has agreed to reopen educational institutions in three phases. Because of COVID-19, the educational institutions were closed.
It was announced on Monday by Minster for Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood. Following the inter-provincial conference of education ministers in Islamabad, he made the announcement.
The minister said that in the first step, on January 18, students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 would go to schools and colleges. He said that on the 25th of this month, students from Grades 1 to 8 will resume their classes at colleges. In the final process, he said, on the first of next month, higher education institutions will reopen.
Opening of Educational Institutions in Punjab.
Classes 9,10,11,12 to open on January 18th 2021. Classes ECE through 8th to open on January 25th, 2021. Universities to open on February 1st, 2021. All institutions will have 50% students on alternate days as before.
— Murad Raas (@DrMuradPTI) January 4, 2021
On the 11th of this month, Mahmood said the teachers and administration staff, who were on winter holidays until January 10, could rejoin their duties. Meanwhile, it is possible to restart home-based online learning.
In addition, the board tests, scheduled for March and April, were postponed until May and June of this year.
Dr. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant on Health, clarified the situation in the sense of COVID-19 earlier, saying that the closure of educational institutions and the other Normal Operating Procedures have led to the containment of the spread of the pandemic.
However, he said a further pause in the situation would help further improve the situation with regard to COVID-19 regulation.
Students are shouting on Shafqat Mahmood
Pakistani students seem to be demanding further vacations, as many are not pleased with the reopening of educational institutions. On Twitter, below are some of the most amusing responses.
— Fahmidah Yousfi (@fahmidahyousfi) January 4, 2021
Classes from 9th to 12 will resume from 18 January and nursery to 8th will resume from 25 January
Universities classes will resume from 1 Feb
— Saood Rajput (Half Businessman) (@Dafa_Hoo_Jao) January 4, 2021
— Fizza Khan (@Fizaaliikhan) January 4, 2021
— Sana Karim (@Isanakarim) January 4, 2021
— اصغر سنڌي (@MaSoOmSinDhiii) January 4, 2021
— 💥 WALI NASIR💥 (@Walinasir20) January 4, 2021
— Hamid Faraz 🎉🤑 (@HamidMadBoi) January 4, 2021
— Aiman (@WakeUpAiman) January 4, 2021
In November last year, after the country saw an unprecedented spike in cases and deaths during the second wave of the coronavirus, the government decided to close educational institutions. Mahmood called Twitter ‘confirm jannati’ earlier when he announced the closure of educational institutions.
Meanwhile, as Pakistan’s second wave of infections gathers pace, PM Imran has also urged the nation to strictly obey COVID-19 SOPs.