The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday ordered the Punjab government to extend the winter vacations 2022-23 of schools and colleges located in Lahore for one week due to the worsening smog situation.

The order was announced while hearing a petition seeking the Court’s intervention in the control of smog. The court also summoned the Provincial Disaster Management Authority’s (PDMA) director general to the next hearing.

While hearing the petition, LHC noted that the smog is being controlled to an extent. “The government is responsible for the prevention of smog.” The court further ordered the government to extend the winter vacations of educational institutions including schools and colleges till January 8 to prevent students from smog.

LHC, also announced three days weekly off for schools earlier this month owing to the smog situation. The notification, issued by the PDMA, stated that the staff may continue to work from home. The order will remain effective till January 15, 2023.

“All private offices being operated by companies, private sector entities and other individuals, within the territorial limits of Metropolitan Corporation Lahore (MCL), shall remain closed on every Friday, and Saturday, with effect from 07-12-2022 until 15-01-2023. However, their staff may work from home,” stated the PDMA notification.

Meanwhile, the School Education Department‘s notification stated that the decision to close the schools weekly is applied to all the private and government schools of District Lahore.

“In compliance with the directions of Hon’ble Lahore High Court, Lahore, in Writ Petition No. 227807/ 2018 vide order dated 02-12-2022, it is notified that owing to prevailing SMOG condition, all Public and Private Schools in District Lahore shall remain closed on every Friday and Saturday, in addition to the weekly holiday on Sunday till further orders,” stated the notification.

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