ISLAMABAD: The authorities have extended winter vacation in all federal educational institutions to January 11 due to severe cold. However, a majority of the people sent their children to schools on Friday morning due to late announcement in this regard by the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD).
“The announcement was made very late so I sent my children to school as per the routine in the chilly weather. However, I was surprised when the school gatekeeper said that the winter vacation has been extended,” said Asad Khan, who was standing outside the Islamabad Model School for Girls G6/1-3.
Talking to APP, he said that although it was a good decision because it was very difficult for children to go to school in the sub-zero temperature, the authorities should have made the announcement well before time if there was any proposal in this regard.
Sara Khan, a mother of two, said, “Normally they (her children) go to bed at around 10pm in the winters, and till then there was no news of extension in vacation. When we woke up in the morning, there is no time to see the news. The all-of-a-sudden announcement regarding extension in the winter vacation created confusion for us.”
Muhammad Asghar, whose daughter studies at the Islamabad College for Girls F6/3, said, “I got worried when I saw my daughter coming back from school. When asked the van driver, he said that the winter vacations had been extended until January 11.”
Meanwhile, CADD spokesman Rafique Tahir said the decision had been made on the demand of parents. He further said that severe cold conditions and lack of proper heating system in classrooms were the basic reasons for taking this step.
He further said that meetings would be held with the principals of schools and colleges to complete the syllabus on time and ensure that there was no problem for children while they prepared for examinations.
Educational institutions in the twin cities were reopened on January 1 on the expiry of winter vacation.
However, parents had been demanding extension in the vacation, as temperature dropped to -4 degree Celsius, forcing most of the people to stay indoors.
Winter vacations at all private educational institutions of Rawalpindi division have also been extended until January 5. This was announced by Ibrar Ahmad Khan, the divisional president of All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association. Private schools will now reopen on January 6.
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