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Primary Classes in Pakistan Will Resume From Sept 30: Shafqat Mahmood

-- Says 170,000 coronavirus tests have been conducted in schools so far

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By Our Web Desk

ISLAMABAD– Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood has said all primary schools across the country will reopen from September 30.

Schools in the country reopened in phases starting September 15 with universities, colleges and classes IX and X resuming first. On September 23 (Wednesday), secondary classes everywhere in Pakistan except Sindh resumed.

The minister told media that so far over 170,000 coronavirus tests have been conducted in schools of which 1,284 people tested positive. “The percentage of positive cases is less than 1%.”

The minister said that a number of schools in multiple parts of the country have been closed down over their failure to follow coronavirus SOPs issued by the government.

“Students of primary classes are young. This means that the responsibility of teachers and parents has increased here,” Mahmood said. “Schools should ensure two things: lower density of students in one place and wearing masks at all times.”

Mahmood assured parents that coronavirus testing in schools will be increased with time and together the government and people will fight off the virus.