22 educational institutions closed over non-compliance with SOPs: NCOC

September 18, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Authorities in the country have closed 22 educational institutions in the last 48 hours for not complying with government-issued SOPs, Geo News reported while citing National Command and...

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ISLAMABAD: Authorities in the country have closed 22 educational institutions in the last 48 hours for not complying with government-issued SOPs, Geo News reported while citing National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) statement Thursday. “During the last 48 hours, 22 educational institutions across Pakistan have been closed due to non-compliance of health SOPs/protocols and disease prevalence,” read the statement. As per the breakdown, 16 educational institutions have been closed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one in the federal Capital and five in AJK. Earlier this week, the NCOC had said a “major educational institution in the federal Capital was sealed after a spike in COVID-19 cases reported from there. “A major educational institution sealed in Islamabad. Due to targeted testing, 16 cases were reported from the institution,” read the statement. The NCOC had also shared that contact tracing will be done to “ensure containment” of COVID-19 cases in the city.

Both closures came shortly after all educational institutions, including seminaries, reopened from Tuesday after a six-month break amid concerns over the implementation of COVID-19 safety protocols and fears of a second wave of the virus. The government had decided to close schools, colleges and universities in March to curb the spread of coronavirus. Sindh, however, had suspended educational activities in the province on February 27 after detection of the first COVID-19 case in Karachi.

On September 7, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood had announced that all higher educational institutions in the country will reopen in phases from September 15.

Over 30,000 seminaries across the country also reopened in phases from Tuesday.

According to the guidelines issued by the government, the use of masks is mandatory for all teachers and students, while schools, colleges and universities will ensure the presence of hand sanitizers at the entrance. The NCOC has also urged the parents and teachers to comply with the SOPs issued for the safety of students.



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