The Punjab government has decided to cancel the registration of schools who deny implementing Single National Curriculum (SNC).

In this regard, District Education Authorities of all 36 districts in Punjab has been given instructions and directions. The Punjab government has asked DEAs to take strict action against schools if they are not implementing SNC.

DEAs will be able to cancel the registration a school within 30 days if it was found that any other curriculum is being taught at school.

A meeting was also held which was attended by Punjab Schools Education Minister Murad Raas and DEAs of all 36 districts. While addressing the meeting, Murad Raas said, “Strict instructions given to 36 DEA CEOs for the implementation of SNC & COVID. Any private school not implementing SNC 30 days after given notice will have their license cancelled. Any school not following COVID SOPs will be closed immediately.”

He said that schools in Punjab would be closed if any educational institute would be failed to produce vaccination certificates of their teachers and other staff.

Punjab government has established monitoring teams and they will conduct surprise raids in schools from next week to check the vaccination certificate, he said adding that education ministry also decided a decision that students of all education institution would bring their family members’ vaccination certificates.

He said without certificates of their parents as well as siblings above aged 17 would not be allowed to enter the schools, adding, schools without vaccinated teaching staff would shut immediately within 24 hours.

“All teachers, administration and staff of public and private schools of Punjab to be vaccinated till next week”, he added.

He advised public that adherence to SOPs and timely vaccination is the only key to cope with Delta variant, as its likely to be one of the dominant strains of COVID-19 in Pakistan and worldwide.

He mentioned that National Command Operation Center (NCOC) also appreciated the efforts of Punjab government for its effective vaccination drive in schools.

Punjab government was investing more and more in education sector to secure the future of coming generations, he added.

Replying a Question, Punjab government had launched its first online “Roshni Magazine” under the auspices of Education Department South Punjab which is highlighting the creativity of students and cultivates the academic and literary tastes of the teachers.

He said that through this magazine students are getting opportunities to share their articles online, adding, in future various competitions would be held among students taking interests in writing articles.

Replying another query, Raas said that ministry was giving special attention in three various areas including teacher, syllabus and assessment and if it moves in right direction the whole system would be changed.

He said for the promotion of Urdu Punjab government had introduce a program ‘Farogh’.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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