KARACHI: In a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the students from the virus, the Sindh government Tuesday made vaccination mandatory for students of grade XI and above.
According to a notification issued by the director of college education Karachi region, “No students will be allowed admission, take classes, appear in the practical exam, or other examinations prior to vaccination.
All the college principals have been directed to establish vaccination desks at the colleges to facilitate the students and representatives of the health department, read the notification.
The director asked the principals to launch the vaccination drive in their concerned colleges from today and fill the consent form and get it signed from parents or guardians properly.
The vaccination drive would be only carried out after taking consent from parents of students aged 17 and above, said the official.
“If students are below the age of 17 years collect their data and submit the same to this directorate along with their NADRA B-Form,” read the notification.
Private schools decide to vaccinate students aged 17 and above
Yesterday, the private schools association in Karachi had decided to vaccinate students aged 17 and above.
The decision was taken during a meeting of the heads of private schools associations in Karachi today. The meeting had decided that all the students aged 17 and above will be inoculated against COVID-19.
However, a consent certificate will be obtained from their parents ahead of the vaccination. Only those students will be vaccinated against the virus who submit their parents’ consent certificate to the management of the concerned school.
NCOC denies rumors of closure of educational institutions
Meanwhile, the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) has denied rumors on social media about the closure of educational institutions.
This social media news regarding closure of education institutions from 6 to 30 Sep across the country is fake. No such decision made at NCOC. Please avoid rumors. pic.twitter.com/9T8DnQ9Grx
— NCOC (@OfficialNcoc) September 6, 2021
According to the NCOC, there is no truth in the closure of educational institutions in the country from September 6 to 30 and no such decision was taken at the NCOC meeting.
It may be recalled that news was circulating on social media that educational institutions in the country would be closed from September 6 to September 30.