During the current heat wave, the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) has ordered private schools in Islamabad to cease pre-primary to grade 5 courses with immediate effect.
The news comes just one day after the Islamabad Private Schools Association (IPSA) said that it would oppose the Federal Directorate of Education’s (FDE) decision to take early summer vacations due to the excessive heat.
PEIRA spokesperson Zafar Yousafzai said that Islamabad’s private schools must immediately comply with FDE’s demands. Otherwise, they will face severe consequences.
Private schools have also been instructed to observe the altered timetables for classes 6 and higher until the start of summer vacations, according to a PEIRA representative.
The FDE announced early summer vacations for pre-primary to primary grades on Tuesday, as well as amended schedules for grades 6 and up, with the changes taking effect immediately.
IPSA held an emergency meeting in the evening in response to FDE’s decision. The meeting decided to defy the FDE directions and keep the schools open for all classes at normal times.