PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and Secondary Education Department (ESED) on Wednesday notified reopening of all government and private primary, middle, high and higher secondary schools across the province with immediate effect.

The decision has been taken keeping in view the improvement in coronavirus situation and easing of heat wave, which caused the primary and middle schools to be kept closed during last few days.

According to the latest notification of the KP ESED, all classes of primary, middle, high and higher secondary schools in winter zone would be functional with normal school timings. On the other hand, all primary, middle, high and higher secondary schools in summer zone will open with immediate effect, and the timings would be from 7:00am to 10:00am with already notified standard operating procedures (SOPs).

The notification said all the concerned district education officers (DEOs) in the winter zone would notify union councils and areas with high temperatures for implementation of the said schedule. They would also closely monitor temperatures in other union councils and areas and take necessary action accordingly.

According to the notification, the students of class 9th to 12th would be taught only those subjects in which they will appear in the board examination 2021.

Intense heat wave has subsided somewhat due to rains in different parts of KP, but still the weather is hot and it is expected that the heat wave will return. In such a situation, the parents are concerned about the wellbeing of their children. Few days ago, the government had to close primary and middle schools owing to intense heat wave and reports that many students had fainted in classrooms owing to extreme hot weather and electricity load-shedding.

Sources said the provincial government is hoping to push the classes till end of June and then announce summer vacations in July. If the government plans goes ahead as planned, then it would announce shortened summer vacations from July 01 to 31.

In most areas of KP, the private educational institutions were already not following the instructions of closure of primary and middle schools due to heat wave and classes were continuing from 7:00 to 10:00am.

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