Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas on Thursday announced schools in the province will reopen from tomorrow (Friday) after winter break.

The minister took to Twitter to make the announcement and welcomed the students back to school on the Punjab Ministry of Education’s behalf.

Raas requested the school administrations and students to adhere to the coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the government.

Last month, a week after announcing the winter vacations for schools — public and private — across the province from December 23 to January 6, the Punjab government had notified a revised winter vacation schedule, with separate dates for the various districts of the province that were not witnessing particularly high levels of smog.

According to a notification by the School Education Department, all public and private educational institutions in Kasur, Sialkot, Narowal, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Pakpattan, Sheikhupura, Okara, Vehari, Khanewal, Lahore, Khushab, Hafizabad, Multan, Lodhran, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Sargodha, Mandi Bahauddin, Nankana Sahib and Jhang were to observe holidays from December 23 to January 6, as smog levels in these districts were higher than others.

On the other hand, educational institutes in Jhelum, Mianwali, Attock, Muzaffargarh, Chakwal, Bhakkar, Rawalpindi, Rajanpur, Layyah, Rahim Yar Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan, and Chiniot, where smog levels are lower are observing winter vacations till January 13 and the vacations started January 3.

In the meantime, vaccination drives will continue in schools.


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