Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education, Shahram Tarakai announced on Tuesday that the government has decided to close the schools in nine districts due to rise in coronavirus cases. The decision was taken in a meeting of the Provincial Task Force (PTF) that was chaired by the provincial Chief Minister, Mahmood Khan, in which the Covid situation was reviewed. It was agreed that schools in nine districts with a positivity rate of over ten percent would be closed.
Minister Tarakai spoke at a media briefing after the meeting and announced that the schools in Charsadda, Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Kohat, Malakand, Swat, and Dir Lower will remain closed from tomorrow (17 March) until 28 March. The educational institutes in Peshawar were already closed under the directives of the National Command and Operations Centre on 10 March.