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Monday November 29, 2021

Sindh universities to hold classes with 100% attendance starting Monday

NCOC has recommended resumption of regular classes "based on the reduced level of [COVID] spread"

October 10, 2021
A study circle organised by the Progressive Students Federation (PrSF) on Students Politics in Pakistan at the canteen near the Department of Visual Studies in Karachi University, September 2019. — Geo.tv/via Ayesha Izhar
A study circle organised by the Progressive Students Federation (PrSF) on 'Student's Politics in Pakistan' at the canteen near the Department of Visual Studies in Karachi University, September 2019. — Geo.tv/via Ayesha Izhar

Sindh's universities — both public and private— have been notified to resume normal classes with 100% attendance starting Monday, October 11, according to a notification from the Universities and Boards Department.

According to the notification, issued Sunday: "All public and private universities/institutes under the administrative control of the Universities and Boards Department, Government of Sindh, are hereby allowed to resume regular academic activities w.e.f 11.10.2021 with 100% attendance."

The relaxation is subject to strict observance of coronavirus safety measures announced from time to time by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), and the health department and home department of Sindh.

The decision to resume regular classes is in line with the NCOC recommendation put forth on October 7 following a meeting to review the country's coronavirus situation.

The forum agreed to reopen educational institutes "based on the reduced level of disease spread and the launch of the school vaccination programme", Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said in a tweet.

A day earlier, the Sindh government announced that it will resume regular classes from October 11 at all private and public schools.

According to a notification issued by the education department: “All public and private educational institutions under the administrative control of School Education and Literacy Department Govt of Sindh shall be allowed 100% attendance of students with effect from October 11, 2021.”

“The vaccination of students of the age of 12 years and above is obligatory,” the notification added.

Punjab's schools are also set to resume normal classes from October 11.