Sindh govt notifies NCOC order on 50pc school attendance

KARACHI: Sindh government has notified directives from the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) regarding 50 percent attendance in schools for students upto grade six, ARY NEWS reported.

The notification issued by the provincial education ministry stated that schools should ensure 50 percent attendance for students aged below 12 while students above the age limit will attend classes after getting vaccinated.

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) announced Wednesday a string of restrictions to curb rising Covid-19 cases.

A session of the country’s nerve centre for Covid response with Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar in the chair approved imposing restrictions from Jan 20 till Jan 31.

According to restrictions meant for schools, classes

for students aged below 12 years will be allowed with 50 per cent attendance in cities having an infection rate of over 10n percent. In other cities, however, schools will remain open with full attendance and students over the age of 12 years must be fully vaccinated.

Furthermore, vaccination of students above 12 years will be compulsory from February 1.

Following NCOC orders, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas also announced to open schools upto grade six across Lahore with 50 percent attendance amid concerns over rising COVID-19 cases.

Taking to Twitter, the minister mentioned that the announcement was only meant for Lahore where the positivity ratio is the second-highest in the country after Karachi.

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