Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas on Tuesday revealed the expected decision that schools across the province may be closed for an extended period of time. Murad Raas said this while he was addressing a ceremony on the teachers retirement system in Lahore. “I want to open schools,” he said. “However, we may have to go with the option of extending the closure of schools, given the current circumstances,” added the minister.
He said that personally he was not in favour of closing schools, adding that the pandemic had devastated children’s education. “A joint meeting of all education ministers will take place on January 4 where the decision to extend schools closure or not will be taken,” he added. On Monday, Federal Educational Minister, Shafqat Mahmood, revealed that the Inter Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) will be held on 4 January 2021 to plan on the reopening of educational institutions.