Govt’s decision to reopen schools challenged in LHC


Lahore, 14th January: Government’s decision to reopen schools amid the second wave of coronavirus pandemic has been challenged in the court.

Baaghi TV: According to reports, a writ petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday challenging the government’s decision to reopen educational institutions across the country on Jan 18.

Advocate Syed Faisal Miran filed a petition in the high court and named Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood and other relevant authorities as respondents.

As per his petition, he stated that the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be more dangerous yet the government didn’t prepare itself in advance to handle the situation.
He pointed out that social distancing and other SOPs are evidently being violated across the country every day. He also said that the SOPs prescribed by the government were not adhered to at educational institutions previously.

It may be noted that on Jan 4, a meeting of education ministers decided to reopen educational institutes across the country in a phase-wise manner with classes 9 to 12 resuming in the first phase on January 18.

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced while speaking at a press conference that classes one to eight will resume from January 25 in the second phase whereas universities and other higher education institutions will resume on-campus sessions from Feb 1.

Earlier in the day, Baaghi TV also reported that the Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas had reiterated the government’s plane to reopen the schools in a phase-wise manner starting from 18th of January 2021.

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