KARACHI (AP) — Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani announced on Wednesday that the province’s schools would remain open as planned.
The provincial education minister told Geo News that all public and private schools in Sindh will remain open as the coronavirus situation “is under control.”
The meeting decided that schools in nine Punjab districts would remain closed until April 11, 2021.
Ghani, on the other hand, has denied that such a move would take place in Sindh. “At the time, the situation [of the coronavirus] in Sindh and Balochistan is under control,” the PPP leader said.
“I can’t speak for Balochistan, but schools in Sindh will operate as usual,” he said.
Even in Punjab, the minister stated that schools outside of the nine districts would remain open. In comparison to Sindh and Balochistan, he said the coronavirus situation in Punjab was alarming.
On Tuesday, he said, the coronavirus positivity ratio in Sindh was 2.6 percent, which he described as low.
However, Sindh’s education minister announced that schools where large numbers of coronavirus cases had been reported would be closed. “Over the last two to three months, we closed 154 schools [in Sindh] — for various periods of time — where coronavirus cases were reported in large numbers,” he added.
Ghani stated that if the provincial government implements smart lockdowns, schools in those areas would be closed as well.