ISLAMABAD: Educational institutions working under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) on Monday witnessed thin attendance on the reopening day after twelve days of winter vacation.
A majority of educational institutions lack heating facility, which has made the parents reluctant to send their children to their institutes in the chilly weather conditions.
The winter vacation was announced by the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD) from December 25 to 31, and the institutes reopened on the first day of the new year, but with thin attendance.
On the demand of parents and teachers, the ministry announced more holidays – from January 3 to 11 – however, it changed the decision with changes in the weather and decided to reopen the institutes from January 6 (Monday).
The parents have demanded the authorities to provide heating facility in the classrooms to protect the students from the seasonal diseases, as most of them were suffering from flu, cough and temperature these days.
Amina Karim, a parent, said, “I have not sent my children to the school due to the cold weather conditions, as it would be difficult for them to study in the classrooms without the facility of heaters.”
“It is difficult to wake up early in the morning and prepare breakfast in low gas pressure and then send the children to schools in the cold weather,” she added.
Another parent, Khaliq Hussain, said that the recent wave of cold weather had badly affected the routine life of the people, and that the school-going children were suffering from cold and fever in the prevailing weather.
He said a majority of the parents did not take the risk of sending their children to schools fearing they might suffer from pneumonia or other serious diseases in this chilly weather.
Rafique Tahir, a spokesman for the Ministry of CAD, informed APP that the vacation was earlier extended due to the chilly weather but cancelled after rise in day temperatures and reduced fog.
He said the decision to curtail the announced holidays was made after consultation with the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).
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