Islamabad - Winter vacations will be observed in all public and private schools in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) from December 22-31, 2014.   

The Capital Administration and Development Division (CA&DD) issued notification Friday with the approval of Minister of State for CA&DD Barrister Usman Ibrahim.  All public and private schools will be opened from January 1, 2015 and educational activities will start again, accordingly. Earlier, the FDE had decided to commence winter breaks from December 26 but due to weather conditions and security threats in the wake of  Peshawar Army Public School attack the breaks have been decided to start from December 22.

“As the Punjab government has announced vacations owing to any terror activity threat on educational institution so the Division has also decided to start vacations early. Besides, the schools both public and private have been asked to complete security measures during vacations” said a senior official of CADD.  

During a meeting with ICT Administration some SOPs have been evolved for schools and they have been directed to follow them, he said.  

However, the president of All Pakistan Private Schools and Colleges Association Malik Abrar said the schools registered with the association will remain closed from December 25th to 31.

Meanwhile, all classes at Riphah International University with all its constituents’ colleges will be suspended from 20th December 2014 till 4th of January 2015.

All examinations due in these days will be rescheduled. Details can be seen on the website, said the university in a statement.

Students of IIMC & IIDC supposed to be joining on 20-21st December 2014 shall now repo rt on 10-11th January 2015 respectively.

National University of Science and Technology (NUST) will also remain shut for academic activity from December 22 to December 28, however, ongoing entry tests will be held as per announced schedule.  

Quaid-i-Azam University QAU officials said the final decision of closing the campus will be taken on Saturday. The university has been facing serious security threats and intelligence and security agencies have asked the university to step up campus security.