The Lahore High Court (LHC) has ordered the Punjab Government to consider announcing winter vacations in the province from December 20. Meanwhile, Justice Shahid Karim of the LHC has stated that if the provincial government did not decide to announce winter vacations in Punjab by December 20, 2021, the court will be forced to intervene and pronounce a verdict.
The decision was made after the meeting of the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers, who decided on announcing winter vacations in the country from 25 December 2021 to 4 January 2022 but left the final decision to the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC).
“Federal and provincial secretaries met today.” said Shafqat Mehmood on Twitter after the meeting of the Education Ministers on Winter Holidays in Pakistan. “The agreed proposal was that winter holidays should be from Dec 25 to Jan 4.” he continued, adding that final notifications will be issued by the concerned governments.
Federal and provincial secretaries met today. The agreed proposal was that winter holidays should be from Dec 25 to Jan 4. Further notifications will be from the concerned governments— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) December 14, 2021
It is pertinent to mention that the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) on Wednesday decided to move winter vacations in Pakistan to the end of January 2022.
It should be mentioned that it was earlier reported by Dawn that Federal Minister for Education and Development Shafqat Mehmood would make the final decision on winter vacations in the country. However, there was no update regarding the matter from the Federal Education Ministry.
Winter Vacations in Sindh
It is pertinent to mention that Sindh has already announced winter holidays from 20 December 2021 to 3 January 2022 with normal academic activities to resume from 3 January 2022.
Read more: Sindh announces winter vacations for schools.
Winter Vacations in Punjab
It is pertinent to mention that a fake notification has been circulating on social media regarding winter vacations Punjab from 21 December 2021 to 1 January 2022, however, the provincial government is yet to issue a final notification in this regard.
The conflict regarding the decision of the winter holidays in Pakistan has resulted in confusion amongst students who have taken to social media demanding early vacations from the education ministry.