Educational institutions to reopen from Sept 15 in phases

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ISLAMABAD: The educational institutions in the country would be reopened in phases from September 15 with strict adherence to safety protocols, it was decided in an Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) held today. Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood chaired a meeting of the provincial education ministers today to make a final decision on the reopening of schools.

The Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) chairperson and executive director, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan, and officials of the health department were also present at the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC), which aimed to compile the final recommendations regarding the opening of educational institutes.

The recommendations to resume educational activities would be sent to the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC) for further deliberations among all the stakeholders. The meeting was set to also focus on finalizing the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in this regard. Educational institutes across Pakistan had been shut down back on March 13 in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The Single National Curriculum (SNC), a short curriculum for the current academic year, examinations in 2021, and establishment of anti-harassment bodies in the provinces were also on the meeting’s agenda.

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