According to Murad Raas, the provincial minister of education, the Punjab government has decided to prohibit unvaccinated pupils who are old enough to be vaccinated from joining schools in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 infections in educational institutions.
He spoke out against school closures at a press conference in Lahore on Monday, arguing that pupils have already suffered significant academic losses as a result of the pandemic.
Minister Raas further stated that if the situation get out of hand, the authorities will take appropriate action.
He also stated that in-person classes for pupils under the age of 12 will be permitted with a 50% attendance requirement because they have not yet been vaccinated.
He stated that the government has increased its immunisation campaign and that 100% of public school instructors have been immunised against the coronavirus.
Furthermore, vaccinated Matric and Intermediate students will continue to attend physical education lessons while following the COVID-19 SOPs, which include wearing required face masks. Unvaccinated pupils, on the other hand, will be barred from attending school until they are immunised.
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It should be noted that the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers’ Conference (IPEMC) meeting on Monday ended without a resolution on school closures. It was rescheduled for today (Tuesday) with updated information to discuss the state of educational institutions.