Sindh govt announces date for reopening of schools, colleges

Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah has announced that schools will be closed for another week in view of the escalating situation of coronavirus in the province.

Addressing a news conference at the Chief Minister’s House, CM Murad Ali Shah said that schools will not be reopened for another week so that teachers and parents of students could get their vaccinations. He said that along with the teachers and staff of the school, the parents of the students will also have to show their vaccination certificate.

It is to be noted that in view of the fourth wave of coronavirus in Sindh province, especially the Delta variant, all educational institutions were closed from July 26, 2021, however, the examinations were held as per schedule. Later, after a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases, a strict lockdown was imposed in Sindh from August 1 to August 8, but it was not extended.

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Later, the Sindh Education Department announced the closure of all public and private educational institutions till August 19, 2021. 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 Ali Shah announced the opening of schools in the province from August 23, 2021. At the same time, he had said that schools would be opened with 50 per cent attendance and implementation of SOPs has been made mandatory.

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However, the provincial education minister had said that the effects of Muharram 9 and 10 would be reviewed on Friday. He said that a working committee has been formed on August 13 to implement these decisions.

In the last 24 hours, 1,209 COVID-19 cases were reported in the province and 27 people died. Since then, the total number of COVID-19 victims in Sindh has reached 417,439, out of which, 6,556 have died.

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