From December 7 onwards, federal schools and colleges will require students to attend classes on Saturday, reported Express News on Thursday.
The Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CA&D) issued a notification on Thursday which requires schools to remain open on Saturday.
The school year consists of 212 days but frequent strikes and public holidays have seen study days shrink to just 140.
A CA&D spokesperson cited principals of various educational institutions who had raised concerns over the syllabi not being completed within the stipulated academic year, prompting the change in weekend policy.
While government schools and colleges across the country will now make it mandatory for students to attend classes on Saturday, this new policy does not apply to private education institutions.