ISLAMABAD : The education ministers have decided to reopen educational institutions across Pakistan in the first week of September; however, final decision in this regard will be taken by National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).The decision was made on Wednesday in a meeting presided by Minister for Federal Education & Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood along with the provincial education ministers. The schools across the country have been closed since March to stem the spread of coronavirus. The meeting decided to reopen schools with all the COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place.The meeting decided that schools will be reopened after taking a look at the coronavirus situation in the country. The final decision to reopen schools will be taken by the National Command and Control Centre. Last month, Mahmood said the government was considering opening schools with the implementation of SOPs and suggestions had been sought from the seminaries and private institutions of all provinces, including Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. The education minister had added that the education ministry, through UNICEF, was in consultation with those countries which had opened schools under various SOPs. He added that consultations were also being held with the UNICEF on the policy of the government.