KARACHI: Sindh Education Minister Sardar Shah on Monday said the educational institutes which have been vaccinated 100 percent against COVID-19 will be opened on August 30 with 50 percent attendance across the province.
Sardar Shah said parents who had got themselves vaccinated could send their children to schools. He said that all the teachers, staff members and parents should get themselves inoculated against the viral infection.
“The ratio of vaccination has increased at educational institutes now as 80 percent vaccination has been completed, while PCR tests are also being conducted at schools,” he said adding that a final decision regarding opening of schools would be taken on Friday viewing the situation of coronavirus.
On Aug 21, Twitterites in Pakistan had pushed the hashtag #SaveEducationofSindh to the top trending in an attempt to condemn the Sindh government for extending closure of educational institutes across the province.
Initially, the provincial government had announced to reopen institutes on August 8 with other sectors, then the closure was extended till August 2 and now Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah had once again extended their closure till August 30. The government had also made it mandatory for school staff, teachers and parents to get themselves inoculated against the viral disease.
The Sindh education minister said that the private schools would have to submit their vaccination report to the directorate, otherwise they would remain close. The process in this regard would later be decided by the education department, he added.
He said the health department had advised the government to keep schools shut for one more week. He said that schools have been allowed to call their vaccinated staff to prepare for opening of their institutes.