ISLAMABAD - All private and government schools and colleges working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will remain closed on Wednesday (today) due to long march.

The Ministry of Capital Administration and Development notified the holiday on Tuesday evening. As the situation remains unclear and the roads are still closed, the directorate has decided not to put the students and teachers into trouble. The area officer, and director model colleges have been informed to convey the principals about the holiday, informed FDE DG Dr Shahnaz Riaz.

Majority of the institutes remained closed on Tuesday and only in some colleges a few teachers and students managed to reach. No notification was issued by the ministry or the directorate for Tuesday holiday and people relied on the media that on-aired the government announcement of holiday.

Central President of All Pakistan Private Schools and Colleges Association Malik Abrar Hussain also announced that all schools and colleges will be closed on Wednesday. President of Private schools and colleges Association Ch M Abaidullah informed that the private institutes were closed on Tuesday and will remain shut on Wednesday too but some private institutes situated far from affected area may open. However, most of the public sector universities announced that their campuses will open and the ongoing examination will be held according to the schedule. QAU announced that the university’s terminal examination will be conducted as per schedule with effect from January 16, 2013. NUST, IIUI and Comsats University will also be opened and the examination will commence according to the announced schedule.

Registrar of Allama Iqbal Open University Muhammad Basheer Chaudhary also stated that the previous schedule for conduct of subjective/Professional tests of candidates against the various  Assistant professors, lecturers and other administrative posts to be held from January 17, 2013 in the academic complex of university  have been postponed for few days. The decision was taken by keeping in view the current situation and difficulties faced by the candidates coming from all around the country.

According to registrar, the revised schedule will be conveyed to the candidates on their given addresses by post and through university’s website. However, spokesperson of National University of Modern Languages (NUML) informed that the university will remain closed on Wednesday.