HANGU: Two schools have been sealed completely, while another school has been closed partially in Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after coronavirus tests of some teachers and students came back as positive.
Deputy Commissioner Hangu Mansoor Arshid said one teacher, principal and three students of Government Higher Secondary School Block Ibrahimzai have been diagnosed with coronavirus after which the school has been closed immediately and the infected teachers and students have been asked to quarantine themselves.
In Government High School No. 2, a student of class 10-B contracted coronavirus after which only his class was closed, while the rest of school is functioning as per routine.
The deputy commissioner further said that Government Higher Secondary School Block Doaba has been closed completely after coronavirus tests of three students came back as positive.
On September 17, 10 employees of a school in Nowshera were diagnosed with coronavirus.
According to the district health department, eight teachers and two class-IV employees of Government Higher Secondary School Rashakai in Nowshera had contracted coronavirus. The district education officer sent the infected teachers and other staff members on leave of two weeks so that they could quarantine themselves.
A day earlier, seven teachers of a government school in Peshawar were diagnosed with coronavirus.
The affected teachers belonged to the Government Higher Secondary School No. 1 Peshawar Cantt.
Although, coronavirus is on its way out in Pakistan, but still new cases are being reported on daily basis. Keeping in view the potential of the virus to strike back, the Pakistan government has not declared complete victory against it.
Schools in Pakistan were closed in March this year after the outbreak of coronavirus. The government reopened educational institutions for high, higher secondary and degree classes on September 15, middle classes were reopened on September 23, while primary classes are set to reopen from September 30. However, the Sindh government has withheld the reopening of middle schools owing to the fears of coronavirus outbreak.
Under the fresh standard operating procedures (SOPs) announced by the KP Education Department for reopening of schools, 65 soap bars will be required every month for every school with 80 to 100 students who will be asked to frequently wash their hands. Surface cleaners and disinfectants will also be provided in schools for washrooms. The financing of these items will be arranged by allowing the schools to utilise the funds of the Parent-Teacher Council (PTC).
The heads of schools will keep the district education officers (DEOs) informed about the stock of soaps, disinfectants, and other necessary items in their schools.