The Sindh Education and Literacy Department made Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for parents, teachers, and students aged 16 years and they will be required to submit their vaccination cards to educational institutions.

The department in a steering committee meeting held on Tuesday decided to reopen schools with 50 percent attendance on August 23. Addressing a press conference after the meeting, the Provincial Education Minister Sadar Shah staff that all teachers should be 100 percent vaccinated.

He said that educational institutes will strictly follow Covid-19 SOPs. Only those schools of which teachers and staffers are 100 percent vaccinated would be allowed to operate. However, Sindh Health Department will launch a vaccination drive at schools, colleges, and varsities. The remaining teachers, students, and staffers would be vaccinated.

“We have formed a three-member working committee to monitor curriculum, the orientation of the new academic session, academic schedule,” he said, added, “the first meeting of the committee would be convened on Friday. And notification of today’s decisions would be issued on Saturday or Sunday”

The minister said that vaccination processes in rural areas were slow. Therefore, the owners and administrators of private schools have been told to complete the vaccination of their staffers as soon as possible. However, the teachers of public schools due to the fear of salary blockage have completed their vaccination.

About the SNC implementation, Shah said that Imran Khan perhaps has not read the Constitution of Pakistan. Khan in his election manifesto had stated that he would introduce a uniform national curriculum across the country.

“We teach our heroes in the textbooks. If our people want to read Makhdoom Bilawal, Roplo Kolhi, and Dodo Soomro at schools, why we won’t teach them about these heroes. We teach Sindh and why we should not teach. I wonder how Buzdar and Jam Kamal gave up their rights to others”.

My statement about teachers was misreported in media. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic dropout ratio has been increased.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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