The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on Friday announced that winter vacations in Pakistan will commence from 3 January 2022. The decision was made during a meeting of the NCOC chaired by head Asad Umar to review the rescheduling of winter holidays in Pakistan.
The NCOC meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood, Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan, and all other stakeholders, who agreed to commence winter vacations in Pakistan from 3 January 2022.
“It has been decided that winter vacations for education institutions will commence from January 3, 2022, except for areas affected by extreme weather conditions or fog.” said the NCOC in a statement after the meting, adding that final notifications will be issued by the respective governments.
The forum added that the decision has been taken to maximize the vaccination amongst students in educational institutions, which can only be achieved while educational institutions remain open. It added that as of now, there are millions of students who have not been vaccinated, and new data suggests that children may be susceptible to the novel coronavirus. The NCOC has urged parents to get their children vaccinated at the earliest in order to protect them and everyone around them.
It is pertinent to mention that the earlier meeting of the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) had ended without making a final decision on the dates for winter vacations in Pakistan. It was stated that the NCOC had decided to move winter holidays in Pakistan to end of January, which caused an uproar on social media amongst students who started demanding early winter holidays.
However, the final notifications regarding the winter holidays are yet to be issued by respective provinces.
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.