Punjab Minister for School Education Murad Raas has criticised the parents, students and teachers who are requesting an extension in school winter holidays.

“Why are parents/teachers/students wanting more winter holidays? We used to go to school in the same weather and never complained. What is wrong with this generation – no one wants to do anything! Especially study,” the minister wrote in a tweet.

The School Education Department held a meeting on Thursday in which the participants decided to not extend winter vacations. Education officials indicated that it would not be advantageous to extend the holidays because of upcoming examination schedules and declared that the schools will reopen on January 9.
Lahore and parts of central Punjab are in the grip of intense smog, with reduced visibility in the early hours of the morning.