Cold wave has gripped Khyber Pakhtunkhwa forcing the provincial government to extend winter vacations in schools in the upper areas of the province till February 14th.
The schools were earlier scheduled to be reopened on February 1. The decision would apply to public sector and private schools.
The winter vacations extended due to the lingering impact of winter persisting across the province.
On the other hand, the Federal Ministry of Education has released the calendar for the academic session 2020-21 for federal government educational institutions.
According to the Ministry of Education, the new academic year will start on August 2, the duration of summer vacations has been reduced to one month from July 2 to 31.
According to the notification, the exams for the fifth and eighth classes will be held from May 18 to 31. Schools will conduct the exams for class one to four, and sixth and seventh from June 1 to 15.
According to the calendar released by the Ministry of Education, the results of the fifth and eighth classes will be announced on June 30, while the results of the first to fourth and seventh and eighth classes will be announced on July 1.
The Federal Minister of Education had announced on January 15, 2021 that educational institutions across the country would be opened in a phase wise manner. He had said that the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades would start on January 18.
Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood said that the classes which were supposed to start on January 25 will now start from February 1. He said that higher education institutions would also be open from February 1.
It may be recalled that due to coronavirus, all educational institutions were closed from March 15 last year.
After a six-month long closure, educational institutions reopened on September 15th, but closed again on November 26th due to the second wave of pandemic.