LAHORE: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood has announced the cancellation of all exams across the country including the much-hyped O/A level exams organized by Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE).
The announcement came after the meeting of National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) which decided to cancel all examination which was being held or scheduled for next month due to massive increase in the coronavirus pandemic patients.

While addressing a press conference Shafqat Mahmood was of the view that the O and A Level exams have been cancelled and pushed till October/November and no student will be promoted without exams this year.

He further explained that NCOC while discussing the concerns of students who cannot wait till September to take their exams as their year will be wasted, around 20,000 A2 students have been given special permission to take their exams and centres will be open for only them. However, there will be Pakistan Army deployed at the exam centers to ensure the SOP implementation as only 50 students will be allowed at a time, he said.

Minister also announced the cancellation of Board exams for intermediate and matriculation students which were scheduled in May and June. Later on, in a tweet, he clarified the situation and wrote, ‘Addressing health concerns of students and parents All exams cancelled till June 15 and depending on the spread of the disease may even go further. Cambridge exams postponed till Oct/Nov for all grades. The only exception for those in A2 who have a compulsion to take the exam now’

It is pertinent to mention here that the government allowed British Council to hold CAIE examination throughout the country amid increasing COVID-19 patients due to the third wave. The decision was widely criticised by not only students but their parents and media as well that the government has put the lives of students in danger. After massive backlash and violation of SOPs at the examination centers, NCOC decided to cancel the exams.

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