Punjab is currently facing a dilemma regarding the extension of winter vacations and the reopening of schools in light of prevailing fog, pollution, and frigid weather conditions. The situation has caused confusion and concerns among parents, students, and educators.
Bogus Notice Creates Confusion
Over the weekend, a counterfeit notice circulated, supposedly extending winter holidays in the federal capital until January 16. This false information added to the uncertainty surrounding the issue, leaving many in a state of perplexity.
Ministry Clarifies the Situation
In response to the confusion, the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training made an official statement on Sunday. According to the ministry, all educational institutions in the Islamabad Capital Territory were set to resume regular classes on Monday, January 8, following the holiday vacation. The ministry firmly refuted the claims of “fake news” suggesting an extension of winter vacations in the federal capital until January 15 due to adverse weather conditions.
Extended Winter Vacation Timeline
It is essential to note that the ministry had initially announced that schools and institutions within its jurisdiction would remain closed from December 24 to December 31. However, due to the unfavorable weather conditions, the authorities decided to extend the winter vacation until January 7. All educational institutions under the Federal Directorate of Education’s jurisdiction reopened on Monday, adhering to winter hours from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Schooling in Punjab
In Punjab, schools are scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, following an extended winter break. However, citizens in Punjab have expressed their concerns and petitioned the Punjab government to further extend school winter holidays due to the dense fog and severe cold wave gripping the region.
The Punjab government has already extended winter holidays to January 9, 2024, in response to these weather conditions. Parents are now requesting an additional extension to ensure the safety and well-being of their children during this harsh weather period.
Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi has stated that no final decision regarding further extensions has been made. He noted that the government is open to considering additional vacations based on recommendations from the education department, prioritizing the health and safety of students. The situation in Punjab continues to evolve, and updates will be provided as decisions are made.