PESHAWAR: Schools in all parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will remain closed for a week, this time for spring vacations.
The provincial government has announced the weeklong spring vacations in all the public and private sector educational institutions, which will start from April 01 and end on April 07. Official notification in this regard was also issued on Wednesday.
Schools in 16 districts of KP have already been closed owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The educational institutions in the coronavirus-affected districts would reopen on April 12. However, teaching staff in these schools were performing duties according to the needs of the respective institutions.
Currently, educational activities are suspended in schools in Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda, Swabi, Kohat, Lower Dir, Malakand, Swat, Nowshera, Buner, Abbottabad, Haripur, Bajaur, Khyber, Dir Upper and Shangla.
The KP Elementary and Secondary Education Department in an earlier notification said that in view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation, all public and private primary and elementary educational institutions (primary/middle /high and higher secondary schools) including cadet colleges, model schools, religious seminaries (madrassas), academies and tuition centres shall remain closed in these districts for teaching in these six districts till April 11.
“Students will not be called to schools for any reason during this period of closure. However, management and teaching staff are allowed to attend their respective institutions as per requirement determined by the management/principal/headmaster of the educational institution strictly in accordance with SOPs (standard operating procedures) for online teaching or preparation of assignments/homework for delivery to students through postal services. In some extreme cases, parents may be called to school to hand over homework according to set schedule.
However, private educational institutions are not happy over closure and repeatedly demanding opening of schools under SOPs. Associations of private schools have also held several protests in different parts of KP against the closure of schools. Private schools are still calling their entire staff for duties and also occasionally call students or their parents for different purposes. Parents say the private schools have suspended academic activities, but they never miss even a single fee of students, including transport fee, which is unjustified at a time when students are not going to school.