Early, extended winter vacation in KP urged

Schools to remain closed till April 11

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood announced on Wednesday that educational institutes in areas where restrictions were earlier imposed due to a high incidence of coronavirus will remain closed till April 11.

He made the announcement at a press conference after chairing a meeting at the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). The meeting was also attended by senior officials from the health and education department, and provincial education ministers.

During the press conference, the minister said that the forum noted the high incidence of coronavirus cases in several districts of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. “However, the number of cases in Sindh, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan is relatively low.

“Therefore, it was decided that educational institutions in selected areas, where restrictions were imposed previously, will continue to be closed till April 11,” he said, adding that this applied to schools, colleges, academies and universities alike.

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