KARACHI: Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani on Saturday said four more educational institutes sealed in Karachi for not abiding by COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SoPs).
“The purpose of calling children in less numbers was to review the SoPs. If SoPs are not being implemented now then how they could be implemented later,” said Saeed Ghani while addressing the press conference in Hyderabad.
He said the Sindh government had allowed attendance of 20 percent school children in the first phase.
We conducted more than 14,500 tests of teaching and non-teaching staff and results of more than 5,000 tests were released by last night and 91 of them were positive, he said.
“We have delayed opening of schools in phases by one week, till Sept 28, to let schools improve implementation of the SoPs, because health of our children is the dearest to us,” he said adding that he believed that each province could take a decision in this regard as per its situation.
The provincial education minister said he contacted the federal government after his press conference a day earlier in a bid to clarify his stance.
He said the federal government announced to review the decision on Sept 22, which meant that the decision of opening educational institutes in the second phase on Sept 21 would have been implemented by then.
Saeed Ghani admitted that education of children was definitely spoilt by closure of schools as well as it inflicted financial losses on private institutes. However, he said, they cared more about health of children than any other thing.