LAHORE: Due to an increase in the coronavirus cases, educational institutions of Punjab were terminated from 6 to 11 September, with the time later stretched till September 16. Now schools in all parts of Punjab, along with the high-risk districts of Rawalpindi, Lahore, Sargodha, Multan, Faisalabad, and Gujrat, have resumed.
On the first day after the province resumed academic activity, student attendance has declined sharply and professors have generated concern about restarting schools in places where there is a serious risk of coronavirus spreading.
Sardar Murad Raas, the Provincial School Education Minister, made the announcement to resume educational operations, quoting the National Command and Operation Centre’s (NCOC) advice to resume educational activities while complying with the old policy of preserving fifty percent student attendance daily and strict adherence to the coronavirus protection standard practice (SOPs).
The SOPs were carefully enforced by school administrations during the first day of the students’ comeback, however, attendance was reportedly minimal at most schools. The administration raised concern, stating that the government should consider high-risk regions and that schools in those areas should be suspended to protect students as well as the instructors from contracting the virus.