ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s educational institutions had to be closed down because coronavirus infections were rising very fast, Federal education Minister Shafqat Mahmood tweeted Tuesday morning. He said it was done with a heavy heart. “I request all students to use this time not as a holiday but to revise their courses, do homework,” he said. The federal education minister asked students to continue with their studies “as much as possible”.
Stressing that children’s health cannot be taken lightly, Mahmood said there were around 50 million students across the country i.e. one-fourth of our population. “They can become carriers. So it was necessary to shut down schools.” Mahmood pointed out that the schools were not “shut down” but the students were barred from attending it in person. “We have asked schools to adopt an online mechanism.”
The education minister said those who cannot adopt online schooling should give out homework. “Students or parents can be called once a week to submit the homework.” He asserted that schools will remain open till December 24.