The Federal Government is considering suspending the on-campus educational process for children under the age of 12 years as Coronavirus infections continue to climb across the country, according to Federal Health Secretary Dr. Nausheen Hamid.
The Health Secretary’s comments came a day after the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC), which was held on Monday to examine educational institute closures, ended without a conclusion.
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Dr. Nausheen remarked during a TV interview earlier today that this proposition is being explored because kids above the age of 12 are needed to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus and can continue their on-campus academic process while strictly adhering to the SOPs.
However, because students under the age of 12 are not required to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, they are more susceptible to catching the virus. As a result, the federal government is considering moving the said age group’s learning process online.
Dr. Nausheen unequivocally refuted the widely held belief that the federal government is pursuing herd immunity at the expense of children’s health.
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She went on to say that the decision to close schools and colleges was postponed based on the National Command and Operation Center’s (NCOC) advice that the IPEMC make the final decision based on COVID-19 positive data among students in educational institutions. COVID-19 testing is already underway at schools and institutions around the country, with a final decision on their closure expected soon.