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Pakistani education institutes to close from Nov 26 | India News


ISLAMABAD: Amid growing Covid-19 cases in Pakistan, the government led by Imran Khan announced on Monday the closure of all academic institutions, including schools, colleges, universities, tuition centers and other places of learning, in the country from November 26 (Thursday). .
Federal Minister of Education Shafqat Mahmood confirmed the move, adding: “Students will continue online education at home, while those without online services will receive homework. The mechanism for delivering the task to the students would be decided by the provincial governments ”.
Learning at home will continue from November 26 to December 24, followed by winter break from December 25 to January 10, 2021, Mahmood said at a press conference in Islamabad. A meeting will be held in the first week of January to review the coronavirus situation and decisions regarding the reopening of educational institutes will be made accordingly, he said.
According to the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), a body charged with implementing government decisions on Covid-19, there has also been an increase in the number of infections reported in educational institutions across the country, with 19% of the total Covid- 19 cases are registered among students. The positivity rate in educational institutions increased from 1.8-3.3% over the past week, an increase of 82%.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Private School Federation rejected the government’s decision, stating in a statement that it would not allow schools to close again. Calling online learning a “failure,” he said schools would remain open and all standard operating procedures would be followed to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Pakistan reported 34 deaths and 2,756 Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours. Since the start of the pandemic in February, the country has reported 7,679 deaths and 376,929 confirmed cases of Covid-19. So far 330,885 people have recovered from the disease.

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