Sindh to reopen schools despite health minister’s warning

KARACHI: Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani has asserted that both lower secondary and primary classes will resume on September 28 under strict observance of standard operating procedures (SOPs).

According to a statement, the provincial minister has directed the concerned authorities to ensure the implementation of SOPs for COVID-19 as the educational institutions will reopen as per the announcement.

The direction came despite Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho’s warning against the reopening of schools this month. “It would be unwise to reopen schools at this point,” she said in an interview with a private news channel.

The provincial health minister said that she does not want to take a chance with kids. She further said that positivity rate in Sindh had increased from 1.5% to 3%. “A second wave of coronavirus has been predicted,” she added.

Referring to the reopening of schools, she said, “Do not rush to reopen primary schools. They must be given at least one to one-and-a-half month to reopen,” adding that the decision to resume classes was being taken in haste.

Earlier, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) allowed schools across the country to resume in-person classes for grades six to eight from Sept 23 as per schedule.

On the other hand, provincial minister Saeed Ghani announced that the schools in the province would reopen on Sept 28.

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