School Education Punjab, Minister Dr. Murad Raas said that given the current situation of the coronavirus, the schools may not be reopened from January 11, 2021. He said that schools may remain closed for an extended period.

Dr. Murad Raas was speaking at the opening ceremony of the retirement system for teachers of the province. “I want to open schools,” he said. “However, we may have to go with the option of extending the closure of schools, given the current circumstances,” added the minister.

Dr. Murad Raas also said that he was not in favor of closing schools personally, “A joint meeting of all education ministers will take place on January 4 where the decision to extend schools closure or not will be taken,” he added. The minister said that the Private Schools Act will be sent to the cabinet for approval. He said that the legislation will get the government’s nod within three months.

The final decision for the reopening of schools shall be made in the inter-provincial education minister’s conference. The conference shall be held online on January 04, and education ministers of all provinces, AJK and Gilgit Baltistan will discuss the reopening of schools under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood.

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