Schools in Sindh to remain closed for another week

Provincial chief minister announces revised decision two days before schools were to reopen

Statesman Report

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah announced on Friday that schools will remain closed for another week as the province continued to battle an onslaught of Covid-19 cases.

The chief minister’s announcement came while addressing a press conference at the Chief Minister House.

Murad said that teachers and the parents of the students will have to carry a vaccination certificate to the concerned authority.

He also ordered the authorities to ensure a full vaccination of the schools' staffers.

On August 17, the Sindh government had announced reopening educational institutions across the province from Monday (August 23).

Addressing a press conference in Karachi, provincial Education Minister Syed Sardar Ali Shah said that only those schools will be allowed to resume classes where 100 per cent teaching and non-teaching staffers have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

He added that educational institutions will be required to follow 50 per cent attendance policy in line with the Covid-19 SOPs to contain the spread of contagious disease.

Minister Shah said that almost 100 per cent government employees have received a Covid-19 vaccine amid fear of salary stoppage for unvaccinated.

The staffers working at Sindh's privately-owned schools were directed in June to get vaccinated within a week's time.