ISLAMABAD: Schools and colleges falling under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will remain off on Monday, according to a notification. The private schools will also be off on Monday, according to their association.
The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) also announced a two-day holiday on Monday and Tuesday. NUST hostels were also vacated as a security measure.
Most other universities, however, are waiting for an official announce from the government before announcing a holiday.
FDE director General Shahnaz Anjum Riaz said, “The holiday has been announced to facilitate students of Islamabad and those coming from far-flung areas.”
Quaid-i-Azam University Spokesperson Nadeem Yasir said they had not yet decided on a holiday and were waiting for a government notification. “The examinations, however, have been rescheduled.”
The International Islamic University Islamabad has also rescheduled its terminal examination and admission tests to be held on January 14.
The National University of Modern Languages opted to end examinations before the expected long march and have even scheduled exams on Saturday, a weekly holiday. “We did so to avoid [uncertainty] ahead,” NUML spokesperson Malik Amir Saleem said. Any announcement about holiday will be made on Saturday, he added.
Spokespersons for the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, CIIT and Iqra University said they too were waiting for an official notification.
Capital Administration Development Secretary Riffat Shaheen Qazi said they had not yet decided on a holiday in universities on Monday.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th, 2013.