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The Punjab government on Monday announced a seven-day holiday for public and private schools across the province due to severe heat.

Punjab Education Minister Rana Sikandar announced the holidays in a post on X. Rana Sikandar shared a notification issued by the provincial Education Department, which said all the public and private schools would remain closed from May 25 to 31.

The notification added that private schools are allowed to take examinations as scheduled with necessary precautions and safety measures for students.

Earlier this week, the Punjab government had reduced the timings for all public and private schools from May 18 to May 31 due to a severe heatwave.

On Friday, Rana Sikandar Hayat announced that all public and private schools will operate from 7am to 11:30am from Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays, and from 7am to 10am on Fridays between May 18 and 31.

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