Corona-virus in Balochistan: Students fret over closure of institutions

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Government announced on Monday the closure of educational institutions from 26 November to 11 January 2021.

In the wake of the second wave of corona virus in Pakistan, the government has decided that all educational institutions across country will remain closed from November 26 to January 11, 2021. While this will also apply in Balochistan.

The announcement came on Monday, after a meeting of Pakistan’s Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood with provincial ministers that all educational institutions including schools, colleges and universities would be closed from November 26.

He said that homework would be done online and where it could not be done, teachers and parents would decide how to do it. “There will be no (formal) classes,” he said.

Bahadur Khan Lango, chairman, and Dawood Shah Kakar, the president of Right for Private Schools, told a press conference at the Quetta Press Club yesterday, that they would not accept the government’s decision to close schools from November 26. “If the government cancels any school’s registration, there will be nationwide protests.” They warned.

It may be recalled that during the first wave of corona virus in Balochistan, the closure of educational institutions and caused severe distress to the students, and students across Balochistan went on strike.

While, internet services are being shut down time to time in most parts of Balochistan due to security reasons, there as well the internet access in many areas is not available at all.

Baloch student leaders say that the second wave of corona virus, closure of educational institutions and online classes will waste the year of Balochistan’s students.

Students demand that the government should restore the internet facility so that the students of Balochistan can take online classes alike students of other provinces.


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