Education Minister Punjab, Murad Raas, has announced to reopen all public and private schools from next week in three phases across the province.
According to the details, classes 9 to 12 will be resumed in the first phase starting from 15 September.
In the second phase, students of classes 6 to 8 will be called to schools from 22 September while classes from nursery to 5 will start in the last phase beginning from 30 September.
Administrations of all public and private schools have been directed to operate schools on alternative days to avoid overcrowding.
All Public & Private Schools of Punjab to open on following schedule. Classes 9-12 to start on 15th. Classes 6-8 to start Sept 22nd. Classes Nursury-5 to start on 30th. No Double Shift. Alternative Day Schedule to be followed by all Public & Private Schools.
— Murad Raas (@DrMuradPTI) September 7, 2020
Moreover, all public and private schools have been ordered against allowing double shifts on a single day. Last month, the Punjab government had issued comprehensive COVID-19 SOPs for the reopening of schools.
Academic institutions all over Pakistan had been closed down following the outbreak of coronavirus in the country in late February.
In July, Federal Education Minister, Shafqat Mahmood, had announced a tentative date of 15 September for the reopening of education institutes after a steady decline in COVID-19 cases across Pakistan. The final decision of reopening of schools was made subject to the final approval from the National Command Operation Center (NCOC).
A meeting of all provincial education ministers headed by the Federal Education Minister is currently being held at the NCOC to review recommendations and finalize COVID-19 SOPs for the reopening of the schools across the country.