Pakistan’s educational institutions reopen after 6-month break over COVID-19 – Reports

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Moscow, Sept. 15, 2020 (Sputnik/Naija247news) All the educational institutions across Pakistan reopened on Tuesday after a six-month break over the spread of the coronavirus infection, media reported.
The decision to shut schools, universities and other educational institutions was made by the country’s government back in March in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19, while the Sindh province took the same measure in February after detecting the first case.

Earlier in September, Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced that all higher education institutions would reopen from Sept. 15, with children studying from the ninth to 12th grades also returning to school the same day, the Geo News broadcaster reported.

The decision also applies to over 30,000 religious seminaries across the country that also gradually resumed operations from Tuesday.

At the same time, the use of masks remains mandatory for all teachers and students, while all educational institutions need to ensure the supply of hand sanitiser at the entrance, as well as social distancing measures, the broadcaster added.

Coronavirus lockdown measures have partially or fully closed schools for over 60% of the world’s student population across 186 countries and territories, according to UNESCO.

After closing schools to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a handful of countries like Denmark, Japan, and the U.S. have started reopened them.

Reopening strategies range from keeping windows open for ventilation to spacing desks six feet apart and resuming classes for students of a certain age.

While reopened schools have been mostly successful in avoiding any further coronavirus outbreaks among younger students so far, as The Washington Post story stated, doctors and public health officials warn that there is still a lot we don’t know about how the virus spreads in schools, and asymptotic children aren’t likely to be tested.

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