KARACHI, MAR 24 (DNA) – Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani on Wednesday said that all educational institutions in the province will remain open under strict coronavirus related Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

The education minister said that schools can remain open with only 50 percent attendance and if a coronavirus case is found in a school, only that institution will be sealed. He further announced that all examinations will be held as per the schedule.

He added that all private and public schools will follow government orders and warned that a strict action will be taken against institutions as well as individuals found violating the official guidelines.

Earlier, Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood announced to keep all educational institutions in nine districts of Punjab closed till April 11 as third wave of coronavirus grips Pakistan, especially Punjab.

The announcement is for Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Sargodha, and Sheikhupura. The remaining districts will be open on previous schedule. The minister further said that all institutions in Islamabad will also remain close as coronavirus situation in the federal capital is also worrisome.

Shafqat Mehmood further said that the exams of all educational boards will be held in late May as per the schedule and a meeting will also be held with Cambridge to discuss its exams and an announcement in this regard will be made soon. He warned that any educational institution found violating the government orders will be sealed.  = DNA