Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood and provincial education ministers will meet in a couple of hours to decide whether to close schools in view of the coronavirus situation.

The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, in a notification on Wednesday, announced that Mehmood will chair the 34th meeting of the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) at 11am to decide on schools’ closure and other matters.

The meeting will be held via video link.

FAWAD RULES OUT CLOSURE: On Tuesday, while briefing the media on the decisions taken by the federal cabinet in its weekly meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry had said that Pakistan would not undergo another lockdown and dismissed reports of the closure of schools despite rising coronavirus cases.

The information minister had said the federal cabinet was informed that the COVID-19 positivity ratio had doubled in the country.

“But despite this, it is our resolve that we absolutely not impose a lockdown in Pakistan. Our economy cannot bear the burden [of another lockdown],” he said.


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