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Shafqat warns against hasty decision to close schools

ISLAMABAD: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood on Saturday warned that any hasty decision to close educational institutions will “destroy education.”

In a tweet on Saturday, the federal education minister said that any decision the Centre will take on reopening educational institutions will be “guided by the advice of the health ministry”. He said that the six-month closure of educational institutions has deeply affected students.

“Health of students is our first priority and any decision we make will be guided by the advice of the Health Ministry. Having said that 6 months closure deeply affected the students. The decision to open was taken with great care. Any hasty decision to close will destroy education,” he tweeted.

His tweet comes a day after Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani announced that the provincial government has postponed the second phase of schools’ reopening for the resumption of academic activities from grade-VI to grade-VIII for at least one week.

The schools will not reopen on September 21 as was scheduled earlier, the provincial education minister said, adding that the resumption has now been delayed till September 28 at least.

On the other hand, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Minister for Labour Shaukat Yousafzai a day earlier dropped a hint at reviewing the decision for reopening educational institutions if a spike is seen in Covid-19 cases.

Shaukat Yousafzai in a statement on Friday said that they cannot put the lives of students in danger and a unanimous decision will be made for educational institutions after witnessing a rise in Covid-19 cases.

“It had been decided to reopen educational institutions in phases in order to observe the rate of Covid-19 spread. We will take strict action against the education centres involved in the violation of standard operating procedures (SOPs),” he said.