Sindh Education Minister, Saeed Ghani said it is doubtful that schools would be allowed to resume classes from next month as earlier decided. “Keeping in view the ongoing second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, it is unlikely that education institutes would be reopened in January 2020,” said Ghani while addressing a press conference in Karachi on Wednesday.
The provincial minister declared that students would not be promoted without sitting for examinations this time. The statement comes as the province’s coronavirus tally surged 206,489 out of which 32,139 infections were recorded in just 22 days. The province has recorded 444 deaths in December only, making it the deadliest month of the year since the viral outbreak in February.
Pakistan’s highest coronavirus prevalence has been observed in Karachi and Hyderabad with positivity rates crossing 15% on multiple occasions. Educational institutes across Pakistan were shut down last month due to the second outbreak of the pandemic in the country. The federal government had announced that schools will be reopened on 11 January 2021, subject to improvement in the overall COVID-19 situation. According to the education policy announced by the Federal Minister for Education, Shafqat Mahmood, students will have home-based/online classes until 24 December after which the winter vacations will commence.