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PAKISTAN: SCHOOLS

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Pakistan schools likely to open on September 15

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Education Minister says, if present COVID-19 situation prevails, schools will open on  September 15.

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Shotlist:     ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN     (AUGUST  21, 2020)    (VNA  – ACCESS ALL)

1.PAKISTAN’S EDUCATION MINISTER SHAFQAT MAHMOOD ADDRESSING NEWS CONFERENCE
2. MAHMOOD SEATED
3.VARIOUS OF REPORTERS
4.(SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PAKISTAN’S EDUCATION MINISTER SHAFQAT MAHMOOD SAYING:
“We are going to make a very vital decision about opening schools on September 15. The Federal Government took the lead in this connection, and all provincial governments cooperated with us. Thus, we faced all these national  problems and national challenges through the inter-provincial education ministers’ conference. Now, we are going to have another inter-provincial education ministers conference on September 7, in which we will make a final decision about whether the schools should open or not. But I hope they will open because the way things are going, we will be able to open the schools.”
5.REPORTERS
6..(SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PAKISTAN’S EDUCATION MINISTER SHAFQAT MAHMOOD SAYING:
“The Ministry of Health is preparing a detailed SOP, or the procedure for opening the schools. We had a meeting with them yesterday, and things are being finetuned. Since this is basically a problem dealing with health, if the decision to open the schools is taken,  the Ministry of Health is going to announce a detailed mode of the opening of schools.”
7.   REPORTER ASKING QUESTION
8. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PAKISTAN’S EDUCATION MINISTER SHAFQAT MAHMOOD SAYING:
“If anyone has opened their school and is teaching children, please inform us, and we will take action against them. Please let us know which school has been opened, so it can be sealed. All schools that open before September 15, will be sealed. As you know, in KP province, some schools had opened. The Provincial Government took action against them, and those schools were sealed, because we cannot accept any ill- discipline  with the health of our children.”
9.END OF NEWS CONFERENCE

STORY:    Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood  on Friday (August 21) announced that schools across the country will be reopened on September 15, if the current
coronavirus situation prevailed.
Mehmood was addressing a news conference in Islamabad, at a time when the government feels that the COVID 19 danger seems to be subsiding in the country.
Life in Pakistan is slowly getting back to normal, and almost all restrictions of partial lockdowns have been lifted, except the opening of schools.
“We are going to make a very vital decision about opening schools on September 15. The Federal Government took the lead in this connection, and all provincial governments cooperated with us. Thus, we faced all these national  problems and national challenges through the inter-provincial education ministers’ conference. Now, we are going to have another inter-provincial education ministers conference on September 7, in which we will make a final decision about whether the schools should open or not. But I hope they will open because the way things are going, we will be able to open the schools,” the education minister said.
Schools across Pakistan were closed on March 13 because of the COVID pandemic. And all examinations of  9th,10th, 11th, 12th class had to be cancelled.
Mahmood said if it is decided to open the schools, the health ministry will announce the detailed procedure.
”The Ministry of Health is preparing a detailed SOP, or the procedure for opening the schools. We had a meeting with them yesterday, and things are being finetuned. Since this is basically a problem dealing with health, if the decision to open the schools is taken,  the Ministry of Health is going to announce a detailed mode of the opening of schools,” he said.
Replying to a question about some private schools having opened already, before the government announcement, Mahmood said all such schools will be sealed.

Pakistan on Friday reportedly had  291, 588 confirmed cases nationwide, with fatalities toll at 6,219..
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