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PR No. 132
Islamabad: September 15, 2020

15th September 2020 is a historic day as the government, Parents, Teachers and Students have been impatiently waiting for resumption of educational activities across the country and I formally welcome all the students back to their schools, colleges and Univarsities and congratulate the nation on this auspicious occasion, said the Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood. During his visit to different Public and Private schools and colleges in Islamabad Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said that under the leadership and guidance of the Prime Minister of Pakistan and untiring efforts of the government we have been able to open the educational institutes across the country. The Minister requested all the Provinces including AJK & GB to strictly ensure the implementation on health guidelines. Education Minister also requested the parents to check their children before they come to school, and added that the role of teachers, head teachers and administrative staff have significantly increased in the present scenario to fully ensure implementation of SoPs particularly maintaining the 6 feet distance to reduce the density, adherence to face masks and frequent wasging of hands. Whole nation needs to be united to defeat this pandemic, he emphasized. Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood has said that they are closely monitoring the institutes and for this purpose control rooms have been set-up. If lack of guidelines' implementation is noticed, a warning shall be issued at first and finally the institute would be closed although it shall be injustice with the students, he remarked. Federal Minister hoped that all the Provinces including AJK and GB will ensure the implementation on guidelines and they will succeed to defeat the pandemic if all of them fulfill their responsibilities. Parliamentary Secretary Wajiha Akram Khan also visited the Islamabad Model College for Boys F-8/4 to examine the implementation on SoPs while the Secretary Education Ms. Farah Hamid Khan visited Islamabad Model College for Girls in F-6/2 to formally welcome the students and also advised them to strictly follow the health guidelines.

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