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KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: All educational institutes across Punjab will remain closed today (Thursday) in light of the traffic and law and order situation in the country, a spokesperson for the provincial government confirmed.
The decision to close schools comes in the wake of protests in several cities of Pakistan against the acquittal of Asia Bibi.
A statement released by the Private Schools Association stated that due to the deteriorating situation in the city and roads being blocked students would not be able to reach schools.
The association called on the Sindh Education Department to announce closure of schools
In Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, however, only the private educational institutes will remain closed, while all schools, colleges, and universities in Balochistan are expected to remain open as per schedule.
The Punjab government spokesperson added that intermediate exams slated for Thursday under all secondary education boards have been postponed and that a new date will be disclosed later.
The School Education Department, in light of the expected traffic situation today, has also announced a holiday, while the University of Engineering has deferred the exams that were scheduled for today.
Private educational institutes in all of KP’s districts, including Peshawar, are also to remain closed today.
While the government of Sindh has made no formal announcement as to whether schools are to remain open or close down today, the All Private School Management Association Sindh has declared today a holiday and so did a spokesperson for the Catholic Board, citing the law and order situation and blockaded roads.
The All Pakistan Private Schools Federation President Kashif Mirza confirmed media sources.
“The plan of action will be decided and announced later,” he said.
On Wednesday, many schools closed early as members of a right-wing religious party started protesting the Supreme Court’s acquittal of Asia Bibi in a blasphemy case.