Punjab shuts down schools again due to rising COVID-19 cases
LAHORE: The Punjab government has decided to shut down schools again for six days due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the province.
Taking it to Twitter, the Provincial Minister of Punjab for School Education Murad Raas stated, “All Public & Private Schools of Punjab to be closed from September 6th to September 11th, 2021 due COVID 19 conditions”.
“Please stay home and stay safe. Protect yourself and your families”, he further added.
Earlier in August, the schools were re-opened in the province, Punjab after summer vacations.
The Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas announced to re-open private and government schools from August 2, Last week.
However, the school staff and administrations were strictly directed to follow and implement covid-19 SOPs.
Moreover, COVID-19 vaccination certificate has become mandatory for teachers and other staff in order to enter the school premises.
Only 50 per cent of the students were allowed to attend the schools due to the rising covid-19 cases.
The timings of the school was 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Moreover, It has been revealed that 4,200 schools in Punjab are deprived of basic facilities and resources.
According to the official documents, out of 52,000 schools in Punjab, 1,200 schools have no electricity connection while 3% of schools are out of fences.
Also, one percent of government schools in Punjab, numbering more than 500, lack clean water, while more than 500 schools lack toilets.
According to the official documents, the school census will be conducted again on October 31 to review the facilities in the schools.
Furthermore, the survey of schools will show the monthly income of parents, children’s B form, teacher training and other data while model schools are being set up in 11 districts of Punjab in which all basic facilities will be provided, according to the department of schools.