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Punjab to Announce Summer Vacations in Two Weeks: Murad Raas

The Punjab government on Friday said summer vacations will be announced within two weeks, as the intense heat is making life difficult for schoolchildren.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Education Minister Murad Raas said the provincial government is aware of the problems that children are facing due to the weather, adding that in case of an extraordinary situation, the government will act accordingly.

The provincial government has already changed the timings for all private and public schools from 7:00am to 11:30am due to the ongoing heatwave.

Students at schools in Sialkot and Islamabad had fainted due to the heat and were taken to a hospital for treatment, forcing the government to revise the schedule.

“Let them give exams and we will give them vacations. It is wrong to promote students without examinations for two consecutive years,” Raas said.

He added that the curriculum has been reduced further and the exams were only for elective subjects.

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