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Sindh’s School Education and Literacy Department has placed a temporary ban on allowing school pools to be used by children in Karachi.

This decision came after a 6th grader drowned during swim class in the presence of 2 instructors.

A notification was issued on Thursday in regards to this decision.

The notification reads:

The schools where swimming facilities are available should stop swimming facilities forthwith and submit a detailed report of the swimming trainers/coaches who will conduct swimming class for students.

The department further stresses that schools must ensure the children’s ‘complete safety’ while they are swimming. Furthermore, it also emphasized that qualified instructors or coaches of national fame should be employed who follow SOPs.

All schools with pools must submit a detailed report about their pool(s) and SOP and testimonia of the coaches by 13th September. In the case of an incident, the license of the pool can be suspended or canceled.

On the other hand, the educational department committee will visit these schools and do proper inspections of pools and SOPs and will also speak with the responsible staff.

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