LAHORE:12 May: The Punjab School Education Department (SED) has issued directions to assign homework to all students during summer vacations. According to a letter issued by the SED Chief Minister’s Monitoring Force, District Education Authorities (DEAs) Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of all the districts of the province had been told to have homework assigned to all students within a week. “As you are well aware, summer vacations are going to start under the academic calendar issued by SED all over Punjab. You are, therefore, requested to issue directions to all honourable heads of all schools to assign subject-wise home-work to all students during summer vacations, 2018.” “The students must remain engaged in academic activities during summer vacations so that their didactic resource base of core content knowledge remains at the optimal level. This will ensure quality of education and facilitate our efforts in improving LND, PEC and PEC examination results.” ‘Summer vacations to commence from May 17’ The CEOs of all the 36 districts of the province have been directed to have the homework assignments prepared and have photocopies delivered to all students. It further directed that the preparations should be completed during the current week to make an it effective and useful exercise. The CEOs have been told to treat these instructions as top priority. Furthermore, the director of Public Instructions (SE/EE) had been told to ensure that the directions be implemented at all public schools of the province. The Punjab government has decided to observe summer vacations earlier this year. Punjab School Education Minister Rana Mashhood announced on Thursday that the summer holiday would be observed from May 17 till August 10. Earlier, the province observed summer vacations from June 1 up till August 14. The reschedule of the vacations were made, according to the minister, because of the early onset of summer and the start of the month of Ramazan.Published in The Express Tribune, May 12th, 2018.