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Gulf Today Report
Education Minister Murad Rass on Tuesday asked teachers working at private and public schools in the eastern Punjab province to get vaccinated against the coronavirus by Aug. 22 to prevent school closures.
The education minister said if any teachers are found unvaccinated after that date, the authorities will close the school where they teach.
Rass warned that we will also take disciplinary action after finding out that any staff member is not vaccinated.
Only vaccinated teachers and staff members would be allowed to enter the school premises after the Aug,22 deadline, Rass said.
Earlier, the Punjab Education Department had ordered teachers, administration and other staff members, of all public and private schools, to get vaccinated against coronavirus by Aug.21.
The Punjab government is keeping a close eye on coronavirus cases in the schools, Minister Murad Raas said adding that random testing was being conducted and a slight increase in numbers has been observed.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved specific funding for the advance purchase of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a statement released by the Ministry of National Health Services Regulation on Thursday.
Federal officials said the government has decided to conduct exams of students only in grade V and VIII. They added that the director general of the federal directorate of education has sent a summary to the relevant authorities in this regard.
The NCOC late last month announced a new set of restrictions including a blanket ban on tourism and inter-provincial transport in an attempt to contain a further rise in already mounting coronavirus cases under the "Stay Home, Stay Safe” strategy.
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