While schools and classrooms might not look and operate quite the same as earlier in the year, given the numerous health and safety measures in place, students and teachers were still visibly pleased to be reunited and learning together once more.
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.
Education Undersecretary Jesus Mateo reported that of the total, 88 schools were located in Central Luzon followed by Calabarzon, 67; Metro Manila, 54; Western Visayas, 48; Zamboanga Peninsula in Mindanao, 23; and the Ilocos Region in Northern Luzon, 21.
The Ministry of Education has approved the timeline for the return of school students which will take place in five phases.
The Adek policies include reopening play areas for students, resuming school canteen services in full, in addition to physical education programmes and extracurricular activities with adherence to precautionary measures.
The ministry wrote on Twitter, “The Ministry of Education encourages all individuals aged 16 and above to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccination is a mandatory requirement for entering educational facilities.”
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.
National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) chief and Federal Minister Asad Umar announced that educational institutions in five districts of Punjab and one distinct in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will reopen from Sept.16.
The new guidelines for schools include mandatory thermal screening, staggered lunch breaks, alternate seating arrangements, 50 per cent seating per classroom, and mandatory quarantine room for students in school premises.