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Schools May Reopen from Aug 15 in Punjab: Minister

Punjab School Education Minister Dr Murad Raas has hinted that the schools across the province will be reopened from August 15 if the Covid-19 situation normalised.

Talking to the media here on Saturday, he said in the prevailing situation there were almost no chances of schools’ reopening from July 16. He said all the provinces would announce their decision for reopening of schools after a meeting scheduled for July 8.

He said the School Education Department (SED) Punjab had prepared detailed SOPs so that once schools reopened the same could be followed to protect the children.

He said once schools reopened, initially schools would function in different shifts to ensure physical distancing among the students in classrooms.

To a question about LGS harassment scandal, Dr Murad Raas said some parents and students had expressed their willingness for a meeting next week. It is pertinent to mention here that Dr Murad Raas had previously said that the department could not take action without written complaints over the harassment issue.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that Higher Education Department (HED) is most likely to call teachers on duties in colleges from July 16 while for the students the departments would wait for the federal government’s announcement.

An HED Punjab official, seeking anonymity, said everything was in the discussion phase at the moment and no final decision had been made yet.

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