ISLAMABAD: Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said today that educational institutions in seven cities of Punjab will close down for two weeks from March 15 amid rising coronavirus cases. Speaking in a press conference with SAPM Dr. Faisal Sultan, after a meeting of the country’s top health authority, he also announced to review the situation after two weeks of holidays.
Shafqat Mehmood said, Islamabad and Muzaffarabad institutions will also remain close for a certain period. Educational institutions in Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Rawalpindi, Multan and Sialkot will remain close for two weeks for Spring break.
Institutions that are taking final examinations are not bound to shut down under new implementations. These steps have taken while keeping in mind the nearly 50 million children that attend educational institutions and this sector has a direct effect on the spread of the virus. Briefing about the Covid-19 pandemic in Balochistan and Sindh, he added that educational institutions in these provinces will follow the policy of 50 percent attendance.