Schools to reopen in September, education ministers decide

Schools to reopen in September, education ministers decide

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ISLAMABAD: Schools should be reopened in September subject to approval from the National Coordination Committee (NCC), provincial education ministers said on Wednesday.

At the virtual conference of interprovincial education ministers, it was agreed that educational institutions should be opened in the first week of September, provided there is authorization from the National Health Services Ministry and consent from the NCC, which had earlier planned to keep schools closed until July 15th.

Sources said various proposals to extend school closures or reopen from July 16 were discussed.

After a thorough discussion, participants agreed that institutions would remain closed until the first week of September, then reopened after the coronavirus situation has been reviewed under standard operating procedures (SOPs).

The sources said that when addressing examinations of professional groups, such as medical and engineering entry tests and examinations of religious boards, the participants proposed that they be conducted with special provisions such as holding all persons six feet apart and allowing people to wear masks and gloves.

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