KARACHI: The Sindh government has announced that all educational institutions of the province will remain closed till May 30 while the Matric examinations that were scheduled to start from March 16 have also been cancelled.
The decision was taken in the special meeting of the provincial cabinet held in Karachi with Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in the chair.
The meeting also decided that the holidays would be considered as the summer vacations and the educational institutions will reopen from June 1.
The decision was taken in view of the threat of the spread of Coronavirus that has already been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The meeting was attended by all the provincial ministers, advisors, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Chairman P&D Muhammed Waseem, secretaries of school education, colleges and university and boards and general administration.
CM Murad Shah said that he had been chairing taskforce meeting on Coronavirus from the last fortnight. “The Coronavirus has become an endemic, therefore the government has to take drastic measures to contain it,” he said.
The cabinet also proposed to discourage every kind of gathering, including marraiges, social and religious gatherings.
Prisoners: The cabinet members raised the issue of prisoners who meet with their relatives during their hearing in the courts and then return to the crowded jails. The chief minister directed health department to issue advisory for jail inmates and their family members with whom they meet during the hearings and at the jail.
NOCs for gathering: The chief minister directed the commissioners through chief secretary to hold meetings with the religious scholars and minorities’ leaders and discuss how the religious congregation could be discouraged in the present condition.