KARACHI: Schools across the city were re-opened Thursday after five day Eid holidays with many of the students not turning up as they perhaps had preferred to be back to their classes from early next week.
Heads of may educational institutions said this was expected as many of the students had left for their home towns to celebrate the festival while there was also many who or their parents thought it better to wait for a few more days.
“There is a rampant impression among many of the parents that academic activities, after any interval, would resume to its optimum from Monday, the first day of the next week, only,” said Mrs. Mukhtar Khan, headmistress of a local government school.
The school head said that parents are repeatedly reminded that classes would duly begin from the first working day as announced by the government yet this really dose not matter to them.
In reply to a question, she said teachers be they from government schools or from private institutions necessarily resume their duties more out of fear for deductions of their salary and also want to avoid any negative remark in their annual conduct reports.
Interestingly, some of the private schools have found out a way to end the practice, said Mussarat Jahan Arshad, head of a chain of a reputable schools.
“As usual this time also we had our Eid Milan Party which most of the kids do not want to miss and compel their parents to ensure their presence in the activity,” she said.
It was thus of no surprise to see many of the children attired in their eid dress, carrying one or the other of their favorite dishes going towards their schools with all excitement written large on their faces.