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Shafqat calls on seminaries to close like other schools

ISLAMABAD: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood has called on all registered seminaries — which are defying the government’s orders to close in light of the coronavirus pandemic — to pay heed to the NCOC’s orders.
As coronavirus cases across the country surged, the government instructed all educational institutions including schools, colleges and universities to close until January 10, 2021.
“All ministers have mutually decided to keep all educational institutions, including schools, colleges, universities, and tuition centres closed. However, online classes will continue from November 26 to December 24 after which winter break will start. Schools will reopen on January 11, 2021,” Shafqat had said during a news conference.
According to sources, PM Imran has asked the education minister to provide an explanation on why madrassas were still open. “If all educational institutions are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, then why are madrassas open,” asked the prime minister, sources confirmed.
Despite clear instructions from the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) to close all schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions, sources said.
The Ministry of Education has contacted all madrassas that are still open and holding classes. The education minister has issued directives to close all madrassas that are open across the country, confirmed sources, adding that the minister will apprise PM Imran of his decision as well.

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