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India is behind Pakistan in reopening educational institutions which remained shut for nearly six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In Pakistan, all educational institutions opened today. Both private and public schools were functioning under strict restrictions. The heads of these educational institutions were told by the authorities to follow the standard operating procedures to contain the spread of the contagious coronavirus.

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood is quoted having said that the maximum number of students were enrolled in the primary schools and they suffered most due to the closure of the institutions. 

In India, schools and colleges remain shut. Reports claimed that they are likely to reopen when the Centre announces the guidelines for the Unlock 5, that will most probably come into effect from the first week of October 2020. 

As of now, schools have partially reopened from September 21 in compliance with the Unlock 4 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). These have only been allowed in the non-COVID-19-containment zones.

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