With the rise in COVID-19 cases once again in Pakistan, the government has started to implement safety measures to ensure that people are kept safe in this fifth wave. The increase in the ratio of cases is rapid, and we all must do everything we can to protect ourselves.
The most important thing to do is to make sure that you are not in crowded places. Also, try to maintain a safe distance when in your offices and universities. The government itself has also announced a few precautions that have to be implemented in schools in Lahore, Islamabad, and Karachi respectively.
“Schools with students under-12 years of age will have 50% attendance with a three days per week schedule, whereas schools with students over 12 years of age will have 100% attendance,” the NCOC said, adding that vaccination was mandatory for all students above 12.
In these three cities, with the increase in the individual rise in COVID-19 positivity ratio, the school management will now have to see for themselves, and if the cases are found in school – the said school will be closed until further notice.
This practice is already in use by the school in Islamabad, and more than 9 schools have already been closed. The last two years have been very hard on all sectors. More especially when it comes to education. In the last two years, schools have constantly been closed and then reopened. The syllabus was also cut short to make it easier for children. However, this has affected the studies of children a lot.
It is for this reason that the government has decided not to close the schools, and it will only be done if the situation escalates. We, however, hope that it does not get to this and that we can get back to our normal lives.