Coronavirus found in seven teachers of a Peshawar school
A day after educational institutions reopened across Pakistan following a months-long break due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was found that seven teachers of a school in Peshawar had contracted the deadly virus, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.
It is said these teachers are from Govt Higher Secondary School No 1, Peshawar Cantt, as the education department says they had been tested for the virus a week ago but the reports were received on Wednesday.
They had talked to the health authorities to administer tests to all the teaching staff in a phase-wise manner, the director education said.
However, the department said the infected teachers had not interacted with any of the students, adding that they would be again tested.
This alarming report comes as Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood on Tuesday warned of closing down educational institutions that violated standard operating procedures (SOPs) designated to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Talking to media persons in Islamabad, the minister said that the reopening of educational institutions was not an easy decision. The safety and wellbeing of students from arrival at the institutions till return to their houses was the government's top priority, he said.
Shafqat said the authorities have also been directed to monitor the implementation of SOPs in buses and vans. The precaution was the only way to get rid of the deadly virus, he added.
According to the SOPs issued by the government, masks have been made mandatory for all teachers and students, while the administration of schools, colleges and universities have been directed to ensure the availability of sensitizers at the entry gates.
As per the decision taken by the government, educational institutions from grade nine onwards reopened Tuesday and if the pandemic situation remains controlled then the class six to eight students will return to school on September 23. Meanwhile, the nursery and primary schools are scheduled to be reopened on September 30.