As a huge number of students, parents and the teachers were demanding to schedule the summer holidays on the pattern of previous year, Punjab Education Department has reconsidered its decision on the directions of CM Bhagwant Mann and decided that the classes in the offline mode would be held from May 15th to May 31st, 2022 in all the government, aided, private schools while the summer holidays have been scheduled from June 1 to June 30. The Punjab government has rescheduled school summer vacation, which was earlier preponed from May 31 to May 15 due to hot weather conditions.
In an official notice, the Government of Punjab has notified on its twitter account, “In keeping with the huge demand from the students, parents to schedule summer holidays on the pattern of previous year, classes in the offline mode would be held from May 15th to May 31st, 2022 in all schools while the summer holidays have been scheduled from June 1 to June 30.”
The Education Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, during a press address, has said:
“Due to the offline classes not being held owing to the Covid-19 pandemic during the last 2 years, the students’ studies had been adversely affected. Hence, it was the demand of the parents as well as the students to schedule summer holidays as before and desist from the online classes. From 15th till 31st May, 2022 the primary school timings would be from 7 AM to 11 AM while the Middle/High/Senior Secondary schools would be open from 7 AM till 12:30 PM”.
“During the course of my daily visits to the schools, I’ve received the feedback that the studies should continue like this in the schools till May 31st. Due to the demand from all the quarters, the Education Department has decided to schedule the summer holidays from June 1 to June 30,” he further added.
The announcement has met with mixed reactions. While many have appreciated the move, many have also called out the government for deciding to continue online classes even as mercury continue to rise in the country.