PAKISTAN NEWS: Coronavirus in Pakistan Sindh decides not to close school, winter holidays

KARACHI: The Sindh Department of Education and Writing has decided not to close schools and winter holidays but allowed administrators to move education activities online.

The development came during a meeting between key provincial education stakeholders and Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani on Saturday.

Ghani said after the meeting that the decision of the Sindh Department of Education was on the provincial side and that the national decision on the matter would be final on November 23, when representatives from all provinces would meet to discuss the matter.

Deliberate security measures
A provincial Department of Education committee met here on Saturday to discuss coronavirus safety measures recommended by the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) over new COVID-19 cases.

With the exception of the NCOC’s recommendation to call for winter holidays at the beginning of the year and to extend it until January, it was decided by the Steering Committee that standard coronavirus safety procedures would be strictly implemented in schools to prevent the spread of the disease to children.

All participants who attended the meeting agreed not to close schools for now or to allow the winter holidays in the province this year.

Saturday’s meeting was attended by secretarial schools, secretarial colleges and chairpersons of various education boards.

Participants discussed the various challenges posed by coronavirus and NCOC recommendations regarding similarities.

“The provincial government wants children to be educated at home from November 25 to December 24, and then the holidays will be announced from December 25 to January 10,” Gani said after the meeting.

“During this time, parents will take homework from schools every week.”

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