The Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) has yet to address a proposal to extend summer vacations in educational institutions till Eidul Fitr.
Following the demands of schoolteachers and parents, the Federal Government Teachers Association requested CADD, the body currently supervising educational matters in the capital, to extend summer vacations in educational institutions till Eidul Fitr to give relief to teachers and students fasting in the hot and humid weather.
Federal Government Teachers Association President Azhar Mehmood said that Federal Directorate of Education Director General (DG) Atif Mehmood Kayani is in favour of the proposal; however, the final decision will be taken by the CADD secretary, who has assured that he will, “consider the proposal, keeping in view the ground realities.”
He said that students and teachers are finding it difficult to manage school timings during Ramazan, which, when coupled with transport concerns due to CNG loadshedding and fuel shortages, is aggravating their concerns.
The Federal Directorate of Education’s DG said that the decision will be taken with consideration for the timely completion of coursework. He said if the decision is not taken in time, all educational institutions will open on August 11, as per the previous schedule.
Anum, a housewife and mother of three school-going boys, said, “My children’s routine has been disrupted and they cannot get up to go to school after Sehri.”
She said it would be appropriate to give holidays during Ramazan instead of holding half-day classes.
Another parent, Amin Ahmed, said, “I hope that the authorities are considerate enough to give some relief to students and teachers during Ramazan”.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th, 2011.