ISLAMABAD: After the country reported an alarming rise in coronavirus cases, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Monday has decided to revisit its "school opening modalities." The NCOC meeting, chaired by Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, also considered deferring the opening up of cinemas, indoor weddings, and dine-in restaurants. They were expected to reopen from March 15. However, a decision on this has not been announced yet. The meeting discussed updates from the provinces on rising positivity and corresponding actions, vaccination progress, and national vaccine strategy. The meeting expressed its concerns over public complacency in following non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs or alternate measures to treat the disease other than medical treatment). It also reviewed the rising positivity trend prevailing across the country and NCOC directed the provincial administrations to ensure strict enforcement … [Read more...] about Given rise in coronavirus cases, will schools be closed again in Pakistan?
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte inaugurated a total of seven school buildings with 140 classrooms at two towns in Bulacan province on Thursday afternoon. The President personally attended the opening of the newly constructed two four-story buildings with four classrooms each and one new four-story building with 12 classrooms at Gregorio H. del Pilar Integrated School in Sta. Ana, Bulakan, Bulacan while virtually leading the unveiling of a marker for four four-story buildings with 20 classrooms each at Virginia Ramirez-Cruz High School in Siling Bata, Pandi, Bulacan via livestreaming. During the ceremonial unveiling of the marker, the President was assisted by his wife, Cielito “Honeylet” Avancena, together with Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar and Bulacan officials, headed by Gov. Daniel Fernando, Bulakan Mayor Vergel Meneses and Department of Education (DepEd)-Region 3 Director May Eclar. At Virginia … [Read more...] about Duterte opens school buildings in Bulacan
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s a big day for some Philadelphia School District students. In-person hybrid learning begins Monday for about 3,000 students in grades pre-k through second. It’s been almost a year of remote learning. READ MORE: Portion Of Walt Whitman Bridge Reopens After Early Morning Truck Fire Superintendent Dr. William Hite joined Eyewitness News This Morning to discuss the preparation of bringing students back into the classroom. Dr. Hite says “it feels fantastic” to have students return. READ MORE: About 3,000 Philadelphia Students Return To In-Person Learning Monday After Nearly A Year “It has been approximately a year since our students were in school buildings but I want to make sure that individuals understand, children have still been educated by the extraordinary work of teachers and staff members, but will be good to get young people back into some form of in-person learning today, so we’re very excited,” Hite said. Students from 53 schools … [Read more...] about WATCH: Superintendent Dr. William Hite Joins CBS3 As Philadelphia School District Students Return To Classrooms
A MUM-OF-THREE was left unable to afford food after Amazon overcharged her by £720 for a laptop she bought to home-school her children during lockdown. Gemma Carpenter, 36, purchased a £900 ASUS laptop so her teenage sons, aged 13 and 15, could access remote learning while schools are closed. She had chosen to pay for the laptop in five monthly instalments of £180 - but was left shocked after her card declined when she attempted to pay for her Tesco food shop. After checking her bank balance, Gemma, from Newport, Wales, discovered the world's largest online retailer had taken the entire amount of £900. The civil servant was left "incredibly hard-up" for the rest of the month, resorting to selling her clothes online to make ends meet. She claimed she repeatedly complained to Amazon, but was told the mistake was a "technical error" that they could not fix. Amazon have since apologised for the "technical issue" and suggested that a full refund could be given if the … [Read more...] about Mum, 36, couldn’t buy food after Amazon overcharged her £720 for a laptop bought to home school her kids
Threats of extreme violence in schools are increasing and they not being taken seriously, a concerned MP says. National list MP Nick Smith asked Police Minister Poto Williams during parlimentary questioning if she was briefed about a planned school shooting in the Tasman area , after it was reported last December. Williams said she didn't believe it was in the public interest to answer, a stance Smith said was “excessively secretive”. “I'm worried that there is an excessive level of secrecy about these risks when we should be more open about the problem and particularly encouraging students and families that see concerning material on social media to report it.” READ MORE: Otago uni graduation threat 'surpassed magnitude' of Christchurch terror attack Father of teen who planned school shooting failed to disclose child's mental health problems in firearms application Teen planned mass shooting at New Zealand school After a lengthy suppression battle, it was … [Read more...] about Claims of ‘excessive secrecy’ over violence threats in schools