ISLAMABAD - Most of the educational institutes working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) reopened on Thursday after more than two-month long summer vacations with thin attendance.
Most of the students visiting their native towns for celebrating Eid availed two or three days extra leave for spending more time with their relatives and would join institutes from Monday with maximum potential. The summer vacations were announced by FDE from June 1 to August 12, however, the students joined the institutes after August 14 due to the celebrations of Independence Day. Shagufta, a teacher at a local college, said "study routine could not be started properly due to the low attendance of students as well as teachers".
Most of the students remained idle and teachers preferred not to advance with the course work so as not to leave those behind who had left the city for Eid, she said. Amina, a student said that she planned to spend her vacations and Eid with her family in the northern areas and it became difficult to return in heavy rain spell.
She said the weather experts have warned about more chances of flash flooding and heavy rains in the next few days and it seems I could not be able to return to my institute today. Many people leaving in the vulnerable areas remained unable to back to their work due to the heavy rains and flash flooding, resulting thin attendance in the offices as well as the educational institutes.
The heavy rain spell, if continues, will affect the educational activities of the students belonging to far flung and flood affected areas.
"I live in the slum area of Rawalpindi and I was unable to join my school due to the recent damage caused by flash flooding in my area", Amir Saleem said.
"I want to join my institute soon as my midterm examinations are near and these absences will affect my preparation", he added.