Federal Minister for Education and Vocational Training Shafqat Mahmood has called on universities to remain closed to “reconsider” their decision.
“Online lessons, although good, are no substitute for on-campus classes,” the minister said.
He said there should be a dialogue between students on campus and all university staff members to “improve social behavior” and that universities should reconsider their decision not to reopen.
A day earlier, Mahmoud had said that the country was facing “huge losses” on the education front due to epidemics.
The NCOC decides that all other classes should be resumed
The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), after detailed discussions with all stakeholders on February 27, has decided that educational institutions will resume all other classes at the primary, middle and university levels on February 1.
The forum has decided that students from Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore and Peshawar will attend classes with 50% strength on alternate days.
The forum has decided to reopen the education sector in urban centers three days a week with strong recommendations for astonishing classes.
However, universities will resume work as scheduled.
The decision to reopen the schools comes amid the worst coronavirus situation, both locally and internationally.
Corona virus situation in Pakistan
Pakistan reported 1,599 cases of corona virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of reported cases to 544,813.
At present, 34 more people have lost their lives to the disease in the country, bringing the total number of deaths to 11,657.
Over the past several weeks, the number of daily cases has risen to more than 1,500. The last time a statistic was reported below was on November 7, when 1,436 cases were reported.
Deaths also remain in double digits. The last time less than 10 deaths were reported was on November 9, when nine people were reported dead from the coronavirus.
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