The government has decided to reopen educational institutions from September 15 with observance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) against COVID-19.
Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood made the announcement in a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday.
He said the federal government will formulate SOPs and share them with the provincial governments. He said the provincial governments will be authorized to close the institutions, which do not observe SOPs.
The Minister said the government will review the situation about the spread of coronavirus and implementation of the SOPs in August.
Shafqat Mahmood said the educational institutions can open their administrative offices and call teachers before reopening of the institutions and practice the SOPs.
He said universities can permit their PhD students to do research at the laboratories with limited number. He said universities can also allow their students to reside at the hostels with maximum 30 percent occupancy from August.
The Minister said institutions can conduct examinations spanning maximum four days with SOPs from the second week of July. He said the government will monitor implementation of the SOPs.