In a bid to ensure the well-being of children during the coronavirus pandemic, Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani has recommended parents to preferably use their own conveyance for some time to pick and drop their children after the reopening of schools.
While meeting a delegation of different associations of private schools in the province, Ghani said that concerned parents who would be preferably using their own conveyance to transport their children to and from school for some time would adopt the right course of action not just for their own children but also for other students.
Emphasising that the management of the private educational institutions was under a massive obligation to ensure the implementation of the government-recommended standard operating procedures (SOPs), he said that registration of schools which could not be renewed due to the pandemic was being automatically revalidated till the start of the next academic year in May 2021.
He said such private schools, however, were required to fulfil all the required formalities and do the necessary documentation for the purpose.
Urging the owners to keep the canteens completely closed, Ghani maintained that the management of the private schools should do liaison with the police or the deputy commissioner to make sure that food and other eatables should also not be sold outside the premises of schools.
He said the schools should do fumigation, ensure the availability of sanitisers, masks, and handwashing basins at the premises as part of the SOPs.
The provincial minister informed the participants of the meeting about a mechanism for monitoring committees constituted at the district level under the deputy commissioner to ensure compliance with the SOPs against the spread of the COVID-19.