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Following a spike in coronavirus cases, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced the closure of schools in several cities across Punjab on Wednesday. The Education Minister stated at a press conference that following a meeting at the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), it was decided that educational institutes in Islamabad and other cities in Punjab would be closed for two weeks beginning Monday, March 15.
Shafqat Mahmood also announced it on his Twitter via a series of posts. He wrote in the first of the bunch that an important meeting was conducted at the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) today to review the health situation and take decisions regarding educational institutions. This meeting was participated in by Ministers from all the provinces, AJK and GB. He revealed a few decisions which were mutually made, which are as follows;
“Educational Institutions in Sindh and Baluchistan would continue with 50% attendance every day. In Punjab spring break will start from Monday March 15 to March 28 in the following cities and all education institutions: Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Multan, Faisalabad and Gujrat. In Capital territory all educational institutions will also close from March 15. In KP they will close in Peshawar. Decision regarding Muzzafarabad will be taken by AJK Government. We will continue to review the situation.”
2/2 Educational Institutions in Sindh and Baluchistan would continue with 50% attendance every day. In Punjab spring break will start from Monday March 15 to March 28 in the following cities and all education institutions: Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Multan, 3/3
— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) March 10, 2021
Other Students Feel Discriminated
Shafqat Mahmood, the Federal Minister for Federal Education, is once again trending on Twitter after announcing spring vacations for educational institutes in Punjab and Islamabad. Throughout the pandemic, Shafqat Mahmood has been in the spotlight. When the schools were first closed, he was hailed as a hero, but when the decision to reopen the schools was announced, the students quickly turned against him.
Now, once again, it has been announced that the educational institutes will be closed, albeit only for the Punjab province this time. As such, while the students of Punjab are screaming with joy and are happy to get holidays once again, students in other parts of the country feel discriminated and want ‘justice’.
Pakistani Twitter Floods With Shafqat Mahmood Memes
Pakistani Twitter is divided over this announcement and Shafqat Mahmood’s memes are taking over social media yet again. University students are especially in pain right now. These students who feel betrayed right now especially went above and beyond in trolling Shafqat Mahmood for this ‘injustice’ to them.
Here are some of the most hilarious memes that were tweeted at the Minister in the chaos that ensued today:
— ZiYaD ツ (Exam 😔) (@i_amZiyad) March 10, 2021
— Safia Khanum (@KhanumSafia) March 10, 2021
Other students really do be hurting right now 😆
— Noman Nadeem (@noman_nadeem715) March 10, 2021
— bhalu ki jawn ka bdy🥳🎂🎉 mominaa ❤️jana 🥳 (@paran_marain_) March 10, 2021
On the other hand, students in Punjab are at the top of the world right now and in full celebration mode!
— Syeda Trimzi (@TrimiziiiSyeda) March 10, 2021
— Chaos (@itzhamas) March 10, 2021
Guess Shafqat Mahmood hasn’t lost his spot as the king of students yet.
— JahanZaib (@JahanZaibb_) March 10, 2021
— Zeeshan Ali (@ShaniTweetss) March 10, 2021
A Decision that Backtracks on the Previous one
As much as this decision to close schools was celebrated, it was noted by some that this decision effectively backtracks on the one made earlier this month, where it was announced that schools will be allowed to resume five days a week, with classes commencing from March 1. Then, the Federal Education Minister had stated that as the country is slowing returning to normal, on-campus classes shall also resume.
However, only ten days into March, Punjab has already announced the closure of schools due to a spike in COVID cases reported in recent days. That was really quick, huh.