Summer vacation Students, parents irked
Summer vacation in July, August: Students, parents irked by late decision
Karachi, May 21: A large number of people, including parents
and schoolchildren, have expressed their disappointment and displeasure
over the sudden and late announcement of change in the routine summer
The Sindh government on Friday announced that the two-month summer
vacation in schools and colleges would begin on July 1 instead of June
Students and parents said that many of them had
already planned their activities for the vacation, outings and
ceremonies, including wedding parties in their families, months back.
They said the government decision was unexpected and the new summer
vacation schedule only provided them about 20 days for any leisurely
activity because Ramazan was likely to begin on July 20 and most people
avoided travelling and other activities in the fasting month.
Many people also complained about the fact that they had
already purchased tickets and booked their seats in flights for domestic
and foreign travels keeping in view the regular summer vacation
schedule, routinely observed in June and July every year.
However, the late announcement of change in the vacation schedule had
seriously disturbed their plans for the summer vacation, they
Some school principals also complained about their problems they
would face because of the sudden and late announcement of change in
Minister regrets late announcement
Acknowledging the grievances and problems of
students and parents created by the sudden change in the summer vacation
schedule, Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq said the
inconvenience was for the first time only and in the years to come
students would be told well in advance about their vacation and other
He also offered his apologies to students and their parents for the
"inconvenience" caused by the late announcement of the summer vacation
"I accept that the Sindh education secretary failed to move the
summary regarding a major shift in the summer vacation timing for the
chief minister in time, which ultimately raised concerns among children
and their parents," the education minister said on Saturday.
He said that after a lot of discussions and review meetings with
private schools, civil society and the education bureaucracy, a
unanimous recommendation for the enforcement of summer vacation in July
and August instead of June and July was finalised in February and the
education secretary could have acted swiftly and accordingly.
"Maybe he was overburdened," he said.
"Since it was a big decision to delay the commencement of the summer
vacation for one month, I was not in a position to implement this
decision single-handedly and as such there was a need to send the
proposal to the chief minister for his approval and implementation.
"I know the decision to include Ramazan and monsoon days, which are
falling mainly in August was not an easy task," Mr Haq said and added
that the education department following some requests from civil society
and some relevant researches, including meteorological researches, was
convinced that there was a dire need to observe summer vacation in July
and August for the next few years because of monsoon.
"Those who live in Karachi and study in private schools should also
consider thousands of their fellow students living in the interior of
Sindh and taking education in not an ideal condition. Over the past
couple of years students and their parents in the interior of Sindh not
only lost their precious academic time of August due to the monsoon
rains and floods, but also had to live as displaced persons in camps
established in schools," he said.
He said that considering their problems caused by the rains it was
decided that summer vacation should be observed during the monsoon
He said summer vacation would be observed again in June and July as usual after three years or so. Dawn
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