The Resumption of Schooling in Sindh.
18th August 2021.
On Tuesday, the Sindh education department and the Sindh education minister Syed Sardar Ali Shah met. The meeting was held to finalize the decision on whether or not to open schools in Sindh on August 20th. It was the very first time that the representatives of the Parents associations were also present at the meeting. Parliamentary Secretary on Health Qasim Soomro, representatives of parents and school unions were the members at the convention.
The health care department recommended opening school but only 50 percent of the attendance should be allowed. They suggested this while briefing covid-19 current situation in the province. Participants agreed that educational institutions that have been completely vaccinated should be permitted to reopen. The majority of participants agreed that schools should be reopened while adhering strictly to COVID-19 SOPs.
At the press briefing, MPA Ismail Rahu fronted Sindh Education Minister Sardar Ali Shah, who announced that schools will reopen on August 20th. He stated that no one, including students and professors, will be permitted to carry smartphones to exam centers. Similarly, no kind of cheating will be tolerated once the intermediate examinations commence on August 10th.
Sardar Ali Shah said that the decision of not opening school till the 19th of August was made to facilitate the student body. The minister also said that while the provincial administration monitors the coronavirus situation for the next ten days, schools will stay closed since pupils had difficulty traveling due to Muharram processions.
The minister also referred to changing the syllabus for the students and advances it with the era. Parents will never take their children to private schools, according to Shah, if public institutions undergo reform and improvement.
The minister also said that the government of Sindh will notice that whether the staff went through the vaccination process or not. While answering a question the minister also said that it will be taken into consideration that the provincial government and the center stay aligned.
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