Educational institutions to reopen from September 15, confirms Shafqat Mahmood

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: All education institutions, including universities, will reopen from September 15, said Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood on Thursday.

The minister said that the government will review its decision in the first week of September to monitor the coronavirus situation in the country by taking a look at the health indicators and may review the situation if the need arises.

“We are allowing universities to call PhD students, who are very few in number, to their laboratories for research work before September 15,” he said. “As to how they do that, we leave it up to him.”

He said that the government was permitting universities also to admit students into hostels and dorms up to 30%. However, he said that ‘health checks’ which included tests and temperature checks will be done strictly by universities.

Mahmood said that educational institutions can call teachers and administration staff to duty before September 15. He said that provinces will be responsible for ensuring SOPs that are followed.

“It is my request to private schools, especially, that the SOPs that you will have to follow will be the ones that are made by the government,” he said.