Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood has asked all registered madrassas – which are against government orders to close in light of the coronavirus pandemic – to heed the NCOC order.
As coronavirus cases across the country soar, the government is instructing all educational institutions including schools, colleges and universities to close until January 10, 2021.
“All ministers have decided to close all educational institutions, including schools, colleges, universities and education centers. However, online classes will continue from November 26 to December 24 after which the winter holidays will begin. Schools will reopen on January 11. ., 2021, “said Shafqat Mahmood during a press conference.
According to sources, PM Imran Khan has asked the Minister of Education and Culture for an explanation of why the madrasa is still open. “If all educational institutions are closed because of the corona virus pandemic, why are madrassas opened,” asked the prime minister, the source confirmed.
Despite clear instructions from the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) to close all schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions, sources said.
The Ministry of Education has contacted all madrassas that are still open and holding classes.
The Minister of Education has issued a directive to close all open madrassas across the country, sources confirmed, adding that the minister will notify PM Imran Khan of his decision as well.
Schools were closed due to non-compliance with SOP: Shafqat Mahmood
Last month, the Minister of Education and Culture revealed that the decision to close educational institutions was made due to non-compliance with the coronavirus SOP issued by the government.
“SOPs were not properly followed,” he said while speaking to Geo Pakistan, adding that health department data showed rapid transmission of the virus in educational institutions.
Emphasizing that children’s health should not be taken lightly, Mahmood said there are about 50 million students across the country, that is, a quarter of our population. “They can be carriers. So schools must be closed.”
He has encouraged students not to waste their free time but study hard.
“I ask all students to use this time not as a day off but to revise their courses, do homework,” he said on Twitter. “In short, continue with as many studies as possible.”