Punjab Education Minister Announces Personal Decision on School Closure

Punjab Education Minister Announces Personal Decision on School Closure

As the fifth wave, fueled by the Omicron variant, intensifies across the country, so do calls from students and parents to close educational institutions.

All eyes were on the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC), which was scheduled to meet earlier today to decide on the closure of schools, colleges, and universities in light of the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

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The IPEMC, on the other hand, was postponed until next week, just hours before it was scheduled to meet. The Federal Education Minister, Shafqat Mahmood, has not specified the reasons for the delay.

In response to parents and students who had inquired about the closure of schools and colleges, Punjab Education Minister Dr. Murad Raas took to Twitter and questioned why educational institutes should be the first to close.

He wrote that before closing schools and colleges, all other activities, particularly social activities, should be suspended, and that the proposal to close educational institutions should be considered last.

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The Minister also expressed grave concern about the loss of learning that occurs as a result of the closure of schools and colleges, noting that students have already suffered unimaginable learning loss in the last two years as a result of the closure of educational institutes due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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