The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has announced changes to the operating hours of schools and colleges in both urban and rural areas of Islamabad. This decision is expected to be mirrored in other parts of the country as temperatures continue to fall.
For single-shift institutions, the new schedule will see them operate from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm from Monday to Thursday, with an early closure at 12:30 pm on Fridays. The FDE has also revised the timings for double-shift institutes in the federal capital.
The morning shift will run from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday to Thursday, closing half an hour earlier at 12:30 pm on Fridays. The evening shift will operate from 1 pm to 6 pm from Monday to Thursday, with a later start time of 2:30 pm on Fridays.
Postgraduate colleges have also seen a change in their schedules, with operations now running from 8:30 am to either 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm.
This decision by the FDE comes as part of a broader response to the changing weather conditions in the region.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department has forecasted rain, thunderstorms, and snow over mountains in various parts of the country, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir, Islamabad, Potohar region, and northeast Punjab.
The FDE’s decision to adjust educational timings is a proactive measure aimed at ensuring the safety and comfort of students during the winter season.
As the weather evolves, further adjustments may be necessary, and the FDE will likely continue to monitor the situation closely.