The licenses of 25 private education institutes in Karachi that were open on Monday — despite the Sindh government’s order a day earlier to close in light of the coronavirus outbreak — have been suspended.

A press release issued by the director general for private institutions of the provincial education and literacy department, Dr Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui, on Monday said that an inspection was carried out in parts of the city, including Korangi, Landhi, Gulshan-e-Hadid, Nazimabad and North Karachi, and around 25 schools were found to be open. The press release added that the licenses of these private institutions were “immediately suspended”. Additionally, the chairman of the board of secondary education was also recommended to take action against the schools.

What was the prior order?

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, while presiding over a meeting of the Task Force on coronavirus in Karachi on Sunday, had ordered to keep all educational institutions, including tuition and coaching centres, across the province closed till March 13 — the deadline for completion of the isolation period of suspected patients of coronavirus.


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