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Sindh Opposes Centre’s Decision To Resume 5-Day Regular Classes

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Sunday opposed the decision of the federal government allowing schools to resume 5-day regular classes from March 1, saying the announcement has created confusion among the students.

Speaking to the media, Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said as per the decision by the provincial government, “Schools will allow 50 percent attendance and we cannot resume regular classes due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Ghani said that 100 percent student attendance in schools across the province will not be allowed until the coronavirus pandemic is eliminated. “How will social distancing be observed if we allow the resumption of 100pc attendance in schools?” the minister questioned.

Ghani remarked that the government will speed up the process of recruitment of teaching and non-teaching staff in the education department.

Earlier, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood had tweeted about the resumption of 100 percent student attendance in all education institutions across the country from March 1.

“Important announcement. All schools will go back to regular 5 day classes from Monday March 1,” he wrote on his official Twitter handle. “Restrictions imposed in some major cities on schools to conduct staggered classes was only till Feb 28.”

The tweet came after the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) relaxed a number of restrictions on commercial activities and official work in view of the declining trend of Covid-19 cases in the country.

According to the NCOC, the time limit on commercial activities has been lifted and the condition of 50 percent attendance at workplaces removed with immediate effect. TLTP


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