PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and Secondary Education Department on Friday announced that classes 9 to 12 would resume in educational institutions from April 19.

Recently, the schools in KP districts with a high coronavirus positivity ratio were closed as a precautionary measure to avoid the spread of the infection.

KP Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Shahram Khan Tarakai said in a tweet that the provincial coronavirus task force had decided classes from grade 9 to 12 would resume from Monday, April 19.

“It is decided today (Friday) in the provincial task force Covid-19 meeting that schools will be commenced from Monday, 19 April, 2021. It is planned to stagger classes of grade 9, 10, 11, 12 under the strict compliance of SOPs (standard operating procedures) while the rest of the classes will be started from 27 April 2021,” said the minister.

The minister also shared a notification of the KP ESED which stated that all public and private educational institutions including cadet colleges, model schools, madaris (religious seminaries), academies and tuition centers in the districts of Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda, Mardan, Swabi, Kohat, Swat, Malakand, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Buner, Bajaur, Khyber, Shangla, Abbottabad, Haripur, Upper Chitral, Lower Chitral, Mansehra, Dera Ismail Khan and Bannu shall commence classes for grade-9 to grade-12 from 19 April.

The remaining classes, i.e., from grade-1 to grade-8, shall remain closed till April 27, the notification said.

The districts where educational institutions have not been closed because of the COVID-19 situation shall continue to hold all classes as per standing instructions.

The notification said corona situation is being monitored on regular basis and further decisions would be taken in consultation with the health authorities.

Schools in several districts of KP with high corona positivity rate were closed as a precautionary measure to stem the spread of the virus during its third wave in Pakistan which is proving to bas as fatal as the first two waves. Some of the teaching staff has been directed to continue to come to schools as per requirements of the respected schools.

High and high secondary schools classes are also commencing in Punjab schools, which were earlier closed over coronavirus fears, from Monday.

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