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According to Murad Raas, schools should be the ‘very last’ to close because to Covid-19

In the wake of an increase throughout instances of the Omicron strain of Covid-19 in the country, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas said on Thursday that schools should be the last to stop after all other activities, notably social ones.

Raas turned to Twitter to express his thoughts on the issues surrounding educational institution closures.

“For all those who are wondering whether or not schools are closing, the answer is NO.” Every other activity, particularly social activity, should be put on hold before schools, in my opinion,” Raas remarked in a tweet.

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“Schools should be the absolute last in line to close. The learning losses of our children in the past 2 years – unimaginable.”

Meanwhile, the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) under the supervision of the Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood in Islamabad on Thursday, scheduled to decide about the closure of educational institutions in the country, had been postponed for a week.

On the other hand, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) today reported more than 3,000 Covid-19 cases in Pakistan in a single day for the first time since September 15, 2021.

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The 6-plus positivity ratio was recorded earlier in September 2021 while alarmingly, coronavirus positivity cases in Karachi mounted to above 20 per cent.

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