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Pakistani officials will decide on Monday whether to close educational institutes due to a second wave of coronavirus infections in the country.

The decisions regarding schools will be made at a meeting of
inter-provincial education ministers, according to Federal Education Minister
Shafqat Mehmood.

He said he would hold a press conference at 12.30pm on
Monday after the conclusion of the meeting.

Pakistan has been grappling with a second wave of
coronavirus infections. The country reported 59 deaths and 2,665 new virus
cases in the last 24 hours.

The government has already prohibited indoor weddings and
called for strict implementation of SOPs to contain the spread of the virus.

Authorities have been imposing smart lockdowns in virus
hotspots too. Calls have been made to shut down schools again as cases are
rising there.

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Education also proposed to shut down educational institutions from November 24 to January 31.

In a letter to provinces, it proposed that primary schools
be closed from November 24, middle schools from December 2 and higher secondary
schools be closed from December 15.

However, the education ministry officials want teachers to
come to educational institutes.

The ministry proposed calling teachers to schools and
colleges to prepare for online classes. Online education systems, such as
Teleschool and Teleradio, can be implemented, it recommended.

The recommendations will also be presented in Monday’s
meeting of provincial education ministers.

Pakistan reopened schools in September after a closure of
over six months.

Abdul Gh Lone