PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has extended winter vacations at all the school till 6 January owing to the extreme cold weather in the country.

KP Chief Minister Mehmood Khan had directed Adviser on Education Ziaullah Bangash to extend the holidays by 6 July after which the adviser in a message announced extension in the holidays.

Currently cold wave has engulfed most parts of the country and in such a situation it was considered very difficult for the parents to send their children to schools. The routine holidays started from 23 December and were to end on Monday, 31 December, 2018 and the schools were scheduled to open today (Tuesday), 1 January, 2019. However, with extension in the holidays, the schools will now open on Monday, 7 January, 2019.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Schools Education Department also announced extension in winter vacations in public and private schools by a week.

In a statement on Monday, Punjab Minister for Schools Education Murad Raas announced that the decision was taken in view of extreme weather conditions, which may adversely affect the health of children.

However, some of the private schools are not following the government’s schedule of winter vacations in KP and Punjab, as they have opened their schools.

The Sindh government did not announce any extension in the holidays and schools opened there according to previous schedule on Tuesday.

Met Office predicts rain, snowfall in parts of country

Weather experts have forecast extreme cold weather during the next two days. Rain and snowfall has also been forecast which is expected to give relief to people from the dry and cold weather.

According to the Pakistan Metrological Department, westerly wave prevailing over western parts of the country is likely to grip upper parts during next two days. Rain with snowfall over the hills is expected at scattered places in Quetta, Zhob, Kohat, Malakand, Hazara divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir on Tuesday and Wednesday. Light rain is also expected at isolated places in Peshawar, Mardan, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, Rawalpindi divisions and Islamabad during the period.

More rain with snowfall over the hills is expected at scattered places in Malakand, Hazara Rawalpindi divisions, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir and at isolated places in Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan, Bannu, DI Khan, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Lahore divisions from Friday to Sunday.

During the last 24 hours, Skardu remained the coldest place with -10°C, Gupis -09°C, Astore -06°C, Kalam -05°C, Gilgit -03°C, Malam Jabba, Parachniar, Hunza, Chitral, Rawalakot -02°C, Lower Dir, Murree, Kalat, Zhob,  Quetta -01°C.

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