Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani has rejected an increase in school holidays amid concerns about the country’s coronavirus outbreak.
The situation is now under hand, Ghani told reporters Wednesday in Karachi. He said members of the regional advisory committee on education and the coronavirus task force for chief ministers rejected an increase in school holidays.
The minister said the provincial government had no plan to monitor the coronavirus outbreak when it declared on February 26 that it was closing schools. The government has now trained itself to contain the virus, he said.
As of March 16, we have agreed to open all government and private educational institutions and IX and X class exams will begin on the same date, Ghani said.
In Thursday’s meeting, however, he said the government might reconsider its decision if the situation changes.
There have been 20 cases of the virus recorded across Pakistan so far. The province’s Sindh health department reported 15 cases.
All the patients had a history of travel to foreign countries.