- Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood says he “does not know about a new strain in detail”.
- Says exams will be held on time, and an entire curriculum will be covered in it.
- Closing schools three times a week will lower the fog levels as it has always done, Mahmood thinks.
LAHORE: Federal Minister of Education Shafqat Mahmood said the government wants to keep educational institutes open amid reports of the spread of a new COVID-19 variant Omicron.
The new strain, Omicron, is highly contagious and is spreading rapidly throughout the world.
First discovered in South Africa, it has now been detected in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Botswana, Israel, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic.
However, when asked about the education department’s plans to deal with the threat, the education minister said: “I don’t know in detail about the new variant of coronavirus, but the government wants to continue educational activities.”
Mahmood said exams will be held on time, and the entire curriculum will be covered in it.
In addition, speaking of the closure of schools in Punjab due to the fog situation in Lahore, Mahmood said the closure of schools three times a week will lower the fog levels as it has always done.
The Punjab government has decided to close private and government schools in Lahore three times a week as the fog situation in the provincial capital has worsened.