Govt to decide on closing educational institutions on Wednesday

By: News Desk      Published: 10:56 AM, 22 Mar, 2021
Govt to decide on closing educational institutions on Wednesday

As the third wave of coronavirus is getting out of proportions, the federal and the provincial educational authorities would decide the future of keeping the educational institutes open or closing on Wednesday.

Punjab has already shut the educational institutes in seven of its districts from March 15 for 15 days in the wake of the third wave of the coronavirus.

There is a strong possibility that the government may give a go ahead to another closure for the educational institutes keeping in view the safety of the teachers and students.

Minister for Federal Education Shafqat Mahmood Monday said the third wave of Coronavirus is serious and requires a careful review.

In a tweet, he said a meeting of all education and health ministers will be held at National Command and Operation Centre in Islamabad on Wednesday to take a decision regarding the opening or further closure of educational institutions.

Shafqat Mahmood said the health of students, teachers and staff is the primary consideration.

Last year too, the educational activities remained suspended for the most part of the year due to the coronavirus with students getting promoted without examinations.

However, this year the federal and provincial governments are determined not to promote any student without the exam.

Pakistan reported 3,669 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours (Sunday), the latest data from the National Command and Control (NCOC) shows. There were 20 more causalities related to the deadly disease as the death toll due to coronavirus has reached 13,863 that represents a ratio of 2.2%.

According to the latest figures, 1,592 new coronavirus cases emerged in the last 24 hours after conducting 43,498 tests. It takes the total cases tally to 630,471 that returned positive after conducting 9,817,491 total tests so far.

The number of active cases in the country is 33,070 with 2,423 patients in critical condition. There were 1,686 more recoveries recorded in the last 24 hours as the number of total recovered cases reached 583,538 with a 92.6% recovery rate.