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Federal Minister for Schooling and Skilled Coaching Shafqat Mehmood and Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan. Photograph: Screengrab by way of Geo Information. 
  • Govt, within the gentle of NCOC’s suggestion, has determined to cancel all exams till June 15. 
  • Minister Shafqat Mehmood says O and A degree college students will have the ability to seem of their exams within the October/ November session.
  • Cambridge A2 college students, who want to apply to international universities or can not defer their exams for every other purpose, could take the exams proper now following strict coronavirus SOPs, says the minister. 

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Schooling Shafqat Mehmood and Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan on Tuesday introduced that as per the suggestion of the Nationwide Command and Operation Centre, all board exams have been postponed until June 15 given the rising variety of coronavirus instances within the nation.

The minister and the SAPM have been holding a press convention associated to Cambridge examination centres in addition to the general scenario of infections within the nation after attending a particular session of the NCOC.

Throughout the press convention, Mehmood mentioned that from April 18 (when the final assembly of the training ministry was held) till now, the variety of coronavirus instances has quickly risen, due to this fact, the federal government has determined to postpone all exams till June 15.

He mentioned the nation appears to be headed in the direction of an entire lockdown in areas witnessing notably excessive positivity ratios.

“Exams of 9, 10, 11 and 12, which were supposed to begin from the end of May, have been delayed further,” the minister mentioned. “No board exams will be held till mid-June (June 15).”

Mehmood added that one other assembly of the NCOC will determine within the third week of Might whether or not these exams shall be postponed additional or not.

“So if exams take place after June 15, they may continue in July and even August,” the minister defined.

Cambridge exams

Talking about Cambridge exams, Mehmood mentioned that O degree exams will now be held within the October and November cycle and the identical would be the case for A and AS degree exams.

“Those students who wish to seek admission in Pakistani universities will be able to do so until January as the government will take the universities on board in this regard,” the minister mentioned. 

He, nonetheless, mentioned that these college students showing for A2 degree exams [around 20,000 students] who want to apply to international universities or can not defer their exams for every other purpose could possibly seem within the Cambridge exams proper now.

“In this regard, the government has issued directives that no exam venue will have more than 50 people [to maintain adequate social distancing].”

“Yesterday, we saw that some Cambridge exam centres saw a violation of the coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs),” he mentioned. “Therefore, from Monday onwards, the government will ensure the deployment of law enforcement agencies outside of the exam centres to ensure compliance with the SOPs.”

On the finish of the press convention, Shafqat Mehmood confused that [irrespective of everything] exams are crucial for college students as a result of they work laborious all year long.

“All the education ministers unanimously decided that no promotions can be granted without exams, but for the sake of facilitating student [in times of crisis] the exams will be held in the October/ November session or after June/ July [in case of local students],” Mehmood mentioned. 

The Cambridge examinations began on Monday amid sturdy calls from the scholars and their mother and father to cancel exams contemplating the worsening COVID-19 scenario within the nation.

Minister Shafqat Mehmood had mentioned that the permission to carry exams was conditional on strict SOP observance. 

“As more reports have come in, it is obvious that outside the exam centres the compliance is poor,” Shafqat Mehmood earlier announced on Twitter. 

“This and the latest corona spread reports will be discussed in a special NCOC meeting today afternoon,” he had mentioned in an announcement posted on his official Twitter account.

‘Solely 50 college students allowed at a centre’

On Monday, an NCOC session, headed by its chairperson Asad Umar and co-chaired by Nationwide Coordinator Lieutenant Basic Hamood-Uz-Zaman Khan, was held in Islamabad.

The NCOC, in an announcement, mentioned the examinations have been being performed in keeping with the Ministry of Schooling’s selections. The discussion board directed that no more than 50 college students must be allowed in a centre.

In the meantime, in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi, violation of coronavirus SOPs was seen, as a number of college students didn’t put on face masks — important gear to maintain the virus at bay. The mother and father have been additionally current outdoors the examination halls ready for his or her youngsters.

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