22 educational institutions shut down due to non-compliance of Covid-19 SOPs

22 educational institutions shut down due to non-compliance of Covid-19 SOPs

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According to an official of the National Command Operation Centre, at least 22 educational institutions across Pakistan have been shut down in the last 48 hours because of non-compliance with health protocols or standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Sixteen educational institutions in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), one in Islamabad and five in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) were closed.

On September 15, the educational institutions re-opened after they were closed in March due to Covid-19 deadly virus.

The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi had been shut down for two days after a Covid-19 case emerged on September 16.

Both the University of Karachi and the city campus located in the Garden locality of the metropolis would remain closed and all educational operations during the aforementioned time will be halted while students and teachers will not be allowed to access both campus premises. However, the IBA spokeswoman said that members of the non-teaching faculty will continue their duties as per routine.

It was previously recorded that at least eight teachers at a government-run K-P school tested positive for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) one day after schools reopened in the province.

In a statement on September 16, the K-P Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESED) confirmed this.

The statement read that eight teachers of the Government High School No.1 in Peshawar Cantonment have tested positive for the virus.

The teachers, who tested positive, had a week ago collected their swab samples along with others. They got their results on Tuesday which indicated that Covid-19 had seven of them, it said.

The infected teachers were sent home on a medical leave that lasted 15 days.

Meanwhile, with stringent Covid-19 precautionary measures, academic activities at other schools in the province have continued.

There was no threat of virus transmission in school as the affected teachers never came into contact with the pupils, the statement said.

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