The Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) has decided to pass all students of grade 10 and 12 and promote them to the next classes

The meeting was chaired by Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood, education ministers from all provinces also joined the meeting. The meeting decided that the students who fail will be given 33 grace marks. The education ministers decided that keeping in view the situation of COVID-19, immediate re-examination was not possible.

Similarly, he said the universities across the country had also been directed to open admission twice a year to accommodate the students during the pandemic.

The board exams, Shafqat said, would be held in May-June and the next academic year would start from August 22. However, O and A level exams would be taken as per schedule. Hence, the universities would make their own timetable for exams, he added. In the IPEMC it was also decided that to calculate numbers in compulsory subjects the average of elective subjects would be taken.

However, to facilitate students due to the pandemic, all those who fail in any subject would be given 33 percent marks for the purpose of computing averages. While, in compulsory subjects, five percent additional marks would also be given. The IPEMC had also unanimously made the decision that all provinces would award 50 percent grace marks in practical, while the remaining 50 percent marks would be given on the basis of theory.

The board of technical education would also adopt the same promotion policy, he added. The education ministers decided that every effort would be made to ensure that the entire syllabus for all classes was completed by April/May. Thus, there would be no smart syllabus. The exams would be taken from the entire syllabus, he informed.

Shafqat Mehmood wrote on twitter, “Important decisions in inter-provincial education ministers conference. Board exams will be held in May-June and next academic year will start from August next year. O and A level exams will be held as per schedule, while universities will make their own timetable for exams.”

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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