In Pakistan shuts more than 20 educational institutes over non-compliance of COVID-19 SOPs:
The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) on Thursday informed that the establishment in various parts of the country has shut down 22 educational institutes in the last 48 hours for not fulfill with government-issued standard operating procedures.
through the last 48 hours, 22 educational institutions across Pakistan have been closed due to non-compliance of health SOPs and disease occurrence, read the NCOC statement.
while breakdown, 16 educational institutions have been closed in Khyber v Pakhtunkhwa, one in the federal capital and five in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier to this week, the NCOC had said a major educational institution in the federal capital was sealed after a spike in COVID-19 cases was reported from it.
A major educational institution conserved in Islamabad. Due to targeted testing, 16 cases were reported from the focus institution, read the statement. The NCOC had also shared that call tracing will be done to “ensure containment” of COVID-19 cases in the city.
Both closures came shortly after all educational institutions, including seminaries, reopened from Tuesday after a 6-month break among concerns over the implementation of COVID-19 safety protocols and fears of a 2nd wave of the virus.
The government had resolute to close schools, colleges, and universities in March to curb the spread of coronavirus. Sindh, however, had suspended educational activities in the province on February 27 after the detection of the first COVID-19 case in Karachi.
On September 7, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood had declared that all higher education institutions in the country will reopen in phases from September 15.
More than 30,000 religious seminaries across the country also reopened in phases from Tuesday.
In the view of guidelines issued by the government, the use of masks is mandatory for all teachers and students, while schools, colleges, and universities will ensure the presence of hand sanitizers at the entrance.