Punjab educational institutes to remain close from Feb 6-9

Caretaker CM Mohsin Naqvi says decision taken in view of upcoming general elections on Feb 8

Students walk out of their school in Sargodha amid cold and foggy weather on January 10, 2024. — APP
Students walk out of their school in Sargodha amid cold and foggy weather on January 10, 2024. — APP
  • Decision to apply on public, private educational institutes.
  • Late timing for schools to be observed till Feb 3, says Punjab CM.
  • Public, private sector schools, colleges, universities to be closed.

LAHORE: The Punjab government has decided to keep schools, colleges and universities across the province closed from February 6 to 9 in the backdrop of the general elections slated for February 8.

As per the Punjab cabinet, the decision would apply on public and private educational institutes both.

Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, in a post on X, said, “In view of the upcoming general elections on 8th February, Provincial Cabinet has approved that all public and private sector schools, colleges, and universities in Punjab will be closed from Feb 6th to 9th.”

However, he said, the 9:30am opening timing for schools will only be observed till February 3. Regular school timings will be observed later on, he added.

It is important to note that the yearly winter break for schools in Punjab started on December 18, 2023. Initially scheduled to end on January 1, 2024, it was extended until January 09, 2024, due to severe and chilly weather conditions. With no respite in sight even after that subsequently, there was a modification in school timings, with classes now beginning at 9:30 am.

On January 8, the provincial government had announced a change in schools’ timings — which were to start at 9:30 am from January 10 till 22. The decision was taken because of cold and smoggy weather condition.

Given the persisting cold weather conditions, the Punjab School Education Department had earlier extended the winter holidays of public and private educational institutions till January 9.

On January 10, Mohsin Naqvi had announced that classes for school students in grade one and below would remain suspended for one more week in light of the prevailing cold wave that had gripped the province.

Naqvi, holding an emergency meeting at Lahore’s Children’s Hospital, had said that the government had decided to also postpone exams — for grades 1-10 — after the death of 36 children due to pneumonia in the province.

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