PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government Friday announced reopening of educational institutions in districts with less than 5 percent coronavirus ratio from May 24.

However, the educational institutors with over 5 percent corona positivity will remain closed till June 07.

As per the directives of the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), Public and private universities and colleges in districts Battagram, Buner, Chitral Lower, Chitral Upper, Dera Ismail Khan, Hangu, Khyber, Kohistan, Upper Kohistan, Kolai Palas, Karak, Kurram, Lakki Marwat, Mohmand, Malakand, Orakzai, Swat, North Waziristan, South Waziristan, Tank and Torghar will open from May 24, according to the KP Higher Education Department. However, in the rest of the districts educational institutions will remain closed till June 07 and educational activities will continue online.

Schools in Battagram, Kurram, Buner, Lakki Marwat, Chitral Lower, Mohmand, Chitral Upper, Malakand, Dera Ismail Khan, Orakzai, Hangu, Swat, Khyber, North Waziristan, Kohistan Upper, South Waziristan, Kohistan Lower, Tank, Kolai Palas, Torghar and Karak will reopen from May 24, while in the rest of the districts the mode of education will remain online, said a notification from Elementary and Secondary Education Department.
The notification said the corona situation will be monitored regularly and further decisions will be taken in consultation with the health authorities and NCOC.

On Wednesday, the NCOC approved the reopening of schools in districts with less than a 5 percent coronavirus positivity ratio from May 24 with all coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs) and protocols. Educational institutes in all districts will be reopened in a staggered manner from June 07.

The NCOC decided that all matric and intermediate exams will be held after June 20. All professional and non-professional exams will take place on a case-to-case basis as recommended by the Ministry of Education. Inter-provincial public transport will remain suspended on the weekends from May 22, and tourism sector will be reopened under strict COVID-19 protocols from May 24.

Outdoor marriage ceremonies will be allowed with a maximum of 150 people from June 01, and all shrines, cinemas, amusement parks and indoor gyms will remain closed. Tracks for walking and jogging will be allowed to remain open with strict adherence to SOPs.