Punjab: Unvaccinated students barred from attending school

Jan 17, 2022: Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas has said that unvaccinated students, who are eligible for the Covid 19 vaccination, will not be allowed to go to schools as the country is fighting against the fifth corona virus outbreak caused by the Omicron variant.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore on Monday, the minister said that a meeting of the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) had decided that educational institutions should not be closed due to covid-19.

He said classes for students under the age of 12 would be allowed with 50 per cent attendance as they had not been vaccinated.

The Punjab education minister opposed the closure of schools, saying that the education system had already suffered a lot due to the pandemic.

Murad said the government has intensified the Covid 19 vaccination campaign across the province and 100 per cent teachers have been vaccinated against the corona virus. He further said that vaccination of Matric and Intermediate students has also been completed and they will continue to visit schools following COVID-19 SOPs including mandatory face covering.

Earlier today, the NCOC once again postponed the decision regarding the closure of educational institutions in the country as the number of Omicron cases has been steadily increasing across Pakistan, especially in urban areas.

The meeting, which was attended by federal and provincial education ministers, decided that they would meet on Tuesday again with the latest figures to discuss the situation with regard to educational institutions. The meeting also discussed measures to curb the rising number of Covid 19 infections across the country.

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