Pakistan decides to open educational institutions on Sept 15

By Mehr Yasin

ISLAMABAD: Chairing a high level meeting of National Coordination Committee on Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated his government decision to reopen all educational institutions from Sept 15 and directed the provinces to finalise necessary arrangements in this regard.

He also directed the concerned authorities to finalize SOPs and review health protocols for domestic flight operations. The meeting was told that the number of positive Covid-19 cases had significantly declined in the country and there was no harm to restore schools, colleges, flight operations and Industry.

“Finalize recommendations in consultation with provincial governments and administrations of educational institutions soon so that we can decide reopening of educational institutions in another meeting scheduled on Sept 7 ,” the prime minister directed in the meeting.

Federal ministers Asad Umar, Shafqat Mehmood, Ghulam Sawar Khan, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Mohammad Hammad Azhar and Syed Fakhar Imam and advisers, including Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Abdul Razak Dawood, Special Assistants Dr Sania Nishtar, Dr Faisal Sultan, Lt-Gen (R) Asim Saleem Bajwa, Dr Moeed Yousaf, the NDMA chairman and other senior officials attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Farooq Haider Khan and the provincial chief ministers also attended the meeting through video link.

The meeting deliberated at length on measures needed to be adopted during Muharram, restoration of academic activities in educational institutions, testing, tracking and the quarantine strategy.

The steps required for opening up of the tourism sector, policy of testing, micro smart lockdown and the aviation sector also came under discussion. An official press release issued by the Prime Minister Office (PMO) said the meeting also reviewed health protocols being adopted for domestic flights.

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