Primary schools and universities to reopen from Feb 1, 9th to 12th classes resumes on Jan 18
Keeping in view the increase in coronavirus cases, the federal government has decided to postpone the reopening of primary schools for a week while classes from 9th to 12th will start from January 18 as planned.
A high-level meeting was held today at the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) to review the latest situation of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
After a detailed analysis of the situation by health and education ministers we have decided to start classes for 9,10,11,12 as per announced schedule of Jan 18. Priority is being given to them because of board exams that have been postponed to May, June 1/2— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) January 15, 2021
Mahmood said that students have suffered a huge educational loss in 2020 but at the same time their health is the government’s utmost priority as well.
The minister pointed out that when the government announced that it was closing schools during the second wave of the virus on November 26, the average deaths per day was five and over 500 cases were being reported a day.
Experts told us that the infection rate in the country was highly influenced by schools, he said.
The latest statistics show that the positivity ratio has gone down to 6.10 from 7.4 which is still comparatively high, Mahmood said.
The number of critical patients has increased to 2,300 and the average mortality rate has improved just a little too.
The minister added that this year, no students will be promoted without examinations and therefore, the decision to reopen classes 9 to 12 was made.