As coronavirus cases have been surging in government colleges across Karachi, the Punjab government has notified reopening all schools and universities, public and private, from February 1.

The official data shows that 58 staff members of Sir Syed Girls College and 21 of Shaheed Millat Girls College contracted coronavirus.

Officials said staff in most of the colleges in Karachi have not yet been tested for coronavirus. They expressed the fear that teaching may be suspended in the colleges reporting an increase in coronavirus cases.

PUNJAB: Meanwhile, Punjab Education Minister Dr Murad Raas shared the notification on reopening of educational institutions on Twitter.

The Punjab government notification said the educational institutions are opening as per an earlier decision by the National Command and Operation Centre. 

The notification detailed the opening of educational institutions and the standard operating procedures that are to be followed. Students will attend classes on alternative days with 50 percent attendance. The board examinations for SSC and HSSC students will be held in May and June.

Earlier, the federal education minister had held a high-level meeting on January 16 and decided that classes will start for students of grades nine to 12 from January 18. A one-week extension was granted to the grades one to eight students. They were to return to schools on January 25.

The story was filed by the News Desk. The Desk can be reached at


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