Sindh Government Extends Closing of All Educational Institutes

The Sindh government has ordered the closure of all public and private educational institutions in light of the coronavirus situation. The additional off-days are for parents and teachers to get vaccinated.

According to reports, the notification issued by the Sindh Education Department said that with the decision of the Sindh Task Force meeting and the approval of the concerned authorities, all government and private educational institutions will remain closed until further notice. 

Earlier, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah had announced in a news conference on August 20 that schools would be closed for another week till August 30 in view of the coronavirus situation in the province.

He said that the school would not be reopened for another week so that the teachers and parents could get vaccinated. The teachers and staff of the school as well as the parents of the students would have to show their vaccination certificates from here on out.

It may be recalled that in view of the fourth wave of the epidemic in Sindh, especially the increasing cases of Delta variant, all educational institutions have been closed since July 26, however, examinations were announced to be held as per schedule.

After an increase in cases, a severe lockdown was imposed in Sindh from August 1 to August 8, but it was not extended. Consequently, the Sindh Education Department announced the closure of all public and private educational institutions till August 19.

In this regard, the Sindh Education Minister had announced that the date for reopening of schools has been fixed for August 20 and a meeting will be convened on 7 or 8 Muharram to review the situation.

Later, after a meeting of the steering committee on August 17, Sindh Education Minister Syed Sardar Shah announced the opening of schools in the province from August 23.

At the same time, he also said that schools would be opened with 50 percent attendance and implementation of SOPs has been made mandatory.

He had said that only those schools which would ensure 100% vaccination of teachers by Monday would be able to open and at the same time parents’ vaccination certificates would be submitted to the school while random PCR tests would also be conducted.

The provincial education minister, however, said that the effects of Muharram 9 and 10 would be reviewed on Friday.

He said that a working committee was formed on August 13 to implement this decision. 

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