School closed in Thatta after nine students test positive for COVID-19

SUJAWAL: A government school in Thatta has been closed for a week as a precautionary measure for disinfection after nine students had contracted the coronavirus. The samples of the students and the teachers from the Government Primary Chandia School were

State of education

The education system in our country, particularly in the province of Sindh, lies in dire straits marred by official apathy and negligence. A recent report has revealed that only 4.5 million children are enrolled in schools across Sindh while more

Govt reduces summer vacations in schools to one month

ISLAMABAD: The summer vacations for schools have been reduced to one month only as the academic session is set to begin from 2nd August this year. Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood in a tweet announced that a new academic year

KP govt announces to close educational institutions till Jan 31

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has announced to close educational institutions till 31st January. According to a statement issued by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, the winter holidays in educational institutions have been extended due to the increase in the severity

Education ministers to decide on reopening schools today

ISLAMABAD: A meeting of inter-provincial education ministers will be held today where the final decision to reopen educational institutions will be taken. A meeting of provincial education ministers will be held today under the chairmanship of Federal Minister Shafqat Mahmood. According to sources, educational institutions across

UK reactivates emergency COVID-19 hospitals, closes schools in London

LONDON: Britain reactivated emergency hospitals built at the start of the pandemic and shut primary schools in London to counter the rapid spread of a much more infectious variant of the coronavirus. With more than 50,000 new daily cases of

No winter vacations in Sindh schools this year: Saeed Ghani

KARACHI: Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of winter vacations in the province this year. He said students have been given more holidays than usual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Therefore, there’s no

Schools may be closed if COVID-19 situation worsens: Punjab minister

ISLAMABAD: Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas said that the educational institutions where coronavirus cases are being reported are being sealed and if the situation remains like in the past then schools will have to be closed. Murad Raas said that

Excise officials allow sale of cigarettes near schools

ISLAMABAD: The sale of non-custom paid and illegal cigarettes near schools, colleges and educational institutes continues openly across the federal capital, strongly affecting the lives and health of the younger generations. The law prohibits the sale of smoked tobacco products

Primary schools to resume classes from Sept 30: Education Minister

ISLAMABAD: The government on Tuesday allowed the primary schools to resume classes from September 30 after reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the country. Briefing media after attending a meeting at the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC), Federal Minister for Education

Primary, middle schools reopen across Sindh

KARACHI: All pre-primary, primary and middle schools across Sindh have opened from today, more than six months since being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sindh government had delayed the reopening of schools for primary and secondary students by one

NCOC approves second phase of reopening schools nationwide

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has approved the second phase of reopening schools for secondary students across the country. The NCOC stated that the academic sessions of secondary students from Class VI to Class VIII will resume

Sindh government decides to close primary classes

KARACHI: Sindh Education Department has decided not to open its primary section of schools that were supposed to be open on 30th September. Addressing a conference in Karachi, Sindh Education Minister said that middle classes would not start from September

COVID-19 cases in schools

It has been just a couple of days since educational institutes reopened across the country and we have seen an uptick in the number of coronavirus cases. We need to realise that pandemic has not yet ended but will instead

Educational institutions being reopened after six months

ISLAMABAD: Thousands of educational institutions including universities, colleges and schools across the country are being reopened on Tuesday, ending a six month long closure due to COVID-19 pandemic. According to an announcement by the Education Ministry, all higher education institutions

No winter vacations this year for schools in Sindh: Minister

KARACHI: The Sindh government announced that there will be no winter vacations this year for educational institutions reopening from 15th September across the province. Sindh Education and Labour Minister Saeed Ghani said that educational institutions will also continue teaching on

Sindh govt allows phased reopening of schools from Sept 15

KARACHI: Education Minister Of Sindh Saeed Ghani has clarified that all educational institutes will be reopened in phases from 15-30th September. The minister said that in the first phase, all higher education institutes including universities, colleges, including Class 9 and

Pandemic isn’t over

Wuhan, the Ground Zero for the coronavirus pandemic, has reopened all schools for the first time in seven months. The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief warned that though the global agency wants to see children returning to schools and people

South Korea closes schools in Seoul after resurgence in COVID-19 cases

SEOUL: Schools in South Korea’s capital have once again been closed after a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the city. The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported 280 new coronavirus cases as of midnight Monday, bringing the country’s

Final decision to reopen schools will be taken on Sept 7: Minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood on Friday said the decision to reopen schools would be taken at an interprovincial education ministers’ conference on 7th September. Speaking at a press conference, the minister said the Ministry

Strict action ordered against schools reopening in Sindh: Saeed Ghani

KARACHI: Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani has said that the action will be taken against those who open schools in Sindh. When the action committee opened schools in Sindh, the provincial education minister said that no one would be allowed

Return to routine life

The government has decided to open even more sectors from lockdown restrictions as the number of coronavirus cases continues to decline in the country. This also raises concerns about whether the government may be acting in haste and declaring an

Private schools announce to reopen from August 15

ISLAMABAD: All Pakistan Private Schools Associations have decided to open educational institutions from 15th August. In a joint press conference, Hidayat Khan, president of the Private Schools Association, said that educational institutions have been closed for eight months and children’s

Reopening schools

After a hiatus of nearly six months, the government has finally decided to reopen all educational institutes including schools, colleges and universities from September 15. This comes as a welcome move and sigh of relief for millions of students whose

Punjab to reopen schools across province

LAHORE: The School Education Department of Punjab has decided to reopen schools across the province. The department started work on developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)s and suggestions for reopening of schools. It will be suggested to allow students of matric

Sindh govt refuses to allow reopening schools anytime soon

KARACHI: The Sindh government has announced that no educational institution in the province will be allowed to reopen. The provincial government warned private schools of action over violation of the government-defined standard operating procedures (SOPs). Earlier on Sunday, Sindh Education

South Korean students return to school for first time this year

SEOUL: South Korean high schools opened on Wednesday for the first time this year, with mask-wearing senior students returning to class over a phased plan to reopen all schools under strict protocols to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Concerns of university students amid coronavirus

The government has decided to close all educational institutes including schools, colleges and universities across the country until July 15. All examinations have been annulled for this year and students will be promoted based on the results of the previous

Education ministers reject idea of resuming schools from June

KARACHI: The education ministers of Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan have turned down the idea of resuming educational institutes from June. During a meeting that was chaired by Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood via video conference, the ministers presented their

Private schools reject 20pct reduction in fees during lockdown months

KARACHI: Private schools across Karachi and the rest of the country have rejected directives from the government seeking a twenty percent decrease in fees for the month of April and May due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Private Educational Institutions