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  • Shafqat Mehmood says it isn’t his place to make selections associated to exams from a well being standpoint, including such selections are taken by well being specialists [at the NCOC].
  • Says Cambridge exams will begin tomorrow as per the schedule, including that exams weren’t cancelled as a result of variety of college students is small and making certain SOPs in examination centres is manageable. 
  • Says matriculation and intermediate examinations might be held within the third or fourth week of Could.

Federal Minister for Training and Skilled Coaching Shafqat Mehmood on Sunday mentioned that regardless of the mounting stress on the training ministry from college students who demanded the cancellation of examination given the rise in coronavirus instances, all provincial academic ministers agreed on going forward with the exams as per the schedule.

He mentioned it’s not his place to make selections associated to exams from a well being standpoint as such selections are taken by medical specialists.

Talking throughout Geo Information‘ programme “Naya Pakistan” Shafqat Mehmood mentioned that Cambridge examinations will begin tomorrow as per the schedule, including that the federal government will be sure that all coronavirus normal working procedures (SOPs) are strictly adopted within the examination halls. 

“We are closely monitoring the situation and [action will be initiated] if the SOPs are violated during the exams,” the minister mentioned. 

Answering a query associated to the rising variety of coronavirus instances within the nation and the potential threat that conducting exams might pose beneath the circumstances, Shafqat Mehmood mentioned that the well being of the residents all the time comes first however since a small variety of college students are taking the Cambridge exams in Pakistan, the Nationwide Command Operations Centre (NCOC) instructed going forward with the choice to conduct the exams. 

“The decision was taken in view of the fact that the number of students taking the Cambridge exams is small, therefore, SOPs can be managed,” the minister mentioned. 

The minister mentioned that over the last assembly of the tutorial ministers, which was held on April 18, all of the provinces had been on the identical web page relating to exams. 

“I even wanted matric and intermediate classes to continue so that exams could be held,” he mentioned. “However, the NCOC went against that suggestion in the light of citizens’ health.”

The minister mentioned that Cambridge even gave the choice to college students in Pakistan to take the exams within the October/ November session with out having to pay any extra charge.

“The only exception applied to AS level students who wish to apply to foreign universities and need their grades [before the deadlines],” he mentioned.

When questioned as to why he, and different training ministers, advocate holding exams beneath the circumstances, Shafqat Mehmood cited final 12 months’s instance and mentioned that no matter occurred to college students’ grades was a large number however added that when the NCOC suggests one thing [in the light of public health] then the training ministry complies with that call.

He additionally mentioned that matriculation and intermediate examinations might be held within the third or fourth week of Could.

Final week, Shafqat Mehmood took to Twitter and introduced that Cambridge Worldwide Exams will go forward as per the schedule. He additionally shared a notification issued by the Cambridge Evaluation Worldwide Training relating to the choice. 

“Cambridge and the British Council will make sure all SOPs are very strictly followed,” the CAIE notification learn. “If students wish, they can switch to Oct/Nov exams instead for the same fee.”

In response to the notification, the CAIE additionally confirmed that it’ll not use school-assessed grades for the June 2021 collection. 

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