22 educational institutions sealed over SOPs violations in Pakistan

By: News Desk      Published: 02:14 PM, 17 Sep, 2020
22 educational institutions sealed over SOPs violations in Pakistan

As many as 22 educational institutions across the country have been closed over non-compliance of health standard operating procedures (SOPs), protocols in the last 48 hours, National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) said on Thursday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Out of these 22, 16 educational institutions were shut down in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), one in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and five in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), said NCOC in a statement.

The TV channel reported that students could not resume their educational activities in Dera Ismail Khan even after the hiatus of six months. The PTI-led KP government had notified the resumption of educational institutions from September 15 as per SOPs but Government Degree College Boys II in DI Khan turned away students when they arrived at the gate of the college along with their classmates and friends citing argument the college is currently undergoing renovations and cleaning.

The government college asked first-year students to come to college on September 21 and second-year students on 1st October.

Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani also visited schools in different parts of Karachi to review the implementation of SOPs to stem the spread of coronavirus.

The Sindh Education Minister said, “Eight staff members tested COVID-19 positive in two colleges of District Matiari. Both colleges have been closed.”

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood shared guidelines for school reopening including mask-wearing, use of hand sanitizers and social distancing.