KARACHI: Educational institutes in Sindh will have summer vacations from July 1 till August 31 this year, a notification issued by Sindh government stated on Friday.
The education department and the Cambridge-system schools have been at odds with each other on the matter, with the former demanding that schools remain off during July-August and the latter urging that the previous schedule be retained.
In 2011, the steering committee of the education department had received suggestions from segments of the civil society, government and private schools, which suggested that the summer holidays should be rescheduled to July and August to facilitate the people during Ramazan. However, the managements of almost all the Cambridge-system schools had criticised the decision. The reason was that their academic sessions began from August 1 and ended in May. June and July were the feasible months for them for vacations. Hence, the Sindh government had turned down the steering committee’s decision and kept the vacations from June 1 to July 31.
But a notification issued on Friday reversed the early announcement and came out in favour of the education department.
There are a total of 4,000 private Matric system schools registered with the board in Karachi. The city also has about 150 schools offering the Cambridge system but which are not necessarily registered with the board.