Millions of students returned to class on Tuesday as Pakistan reopened some higher education institutions, ending a six-month-long break because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
In the first phase, all higher education institutions – from class IX to XII and above – resumed classes from Tuesday, the education ministry announced.
Secondary schools will reopen in the second one phase and primary schools will renew in the third phase.
Masks are mandatory for all students and teachers, according to the usual operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the government.
The administration should ensure the availability of sanitisers at the gate, the government’s guidelines said.
There will be no morning meeting and the temperature of the students will be checked before entering the classrooms.
Moreover, students should ensure a protected distance between chairs in classrooms.
Federal education minister Shafqat Mehmood, all over a visit to a faculty in Islamabad’s G-6/3 area, hailed the reopening of schools amid the pandemic.
He used to be hopeful that SOPs will be implemented and warned that institutions that don’t follow the government’s guidelines will be closed for non-compliance.
Pakistan had closed schools in March when the government enforced a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Authorities lifted curbs on most businesses in May, but schools remained closed across the country.
On Tuesday, Pakistan reported six new deaths from Covid-19 prior to now 24 hours, one of the most lowest number tolls in more than five months. Pakistan has reported 302,424 infections and 6,389 deaths since the pandemic began.
(With inputs from agencies)