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Decision on school closure to be taken today

ISLAMABAD: Another special meeting of the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) will be held today to decide whether to close schools due to the rising coronavirus cases.

Last week, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood convened a meeting where it was decided to open all the educational institutes the whole week despite the rising cases.

However, in an upcoming meeting which will be held on today, it will be decided whether to close the schools or not. In the context of coronavirus, no decision could be made regarding school closures and winter vacations.

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On increasing pressure from different quarters, Mr. Raas on Saturday tweeted, If I close the Schools people are not happy. If I keep the schools open people are not happy. Let me just inform everyone that a decision will be made on DATA that is being given to me. Lives matter the most. Zero pressure on me from either side. Sensible decisions have to be made.”

Earlier, Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the government would not go for a complete lockdown. A micro smart lockdown would be imposed in areas most affected by the virus.