ISLAMABAD: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood took notice of the students protesting nationwide against on-campus exams and demanding online papers. The education minister instructed the Higher Education Commission HEC to consult with the vice-chancellors of universities on the matter.

In a series of tweets, Shafqat Mehmood clarified that the decision regarding examinations lies under the domain of the universities. However he said, “But I have asked HEC to consult VCs and see if it is possible, given special circumstances this year.”

He further said, “Universities should also assess whether they have the technical ability to conduct exams for ALL students. No one can be left behind. It is also necessary to ensure that the online exam system is not misused to get easy grades. Preparing good question papers/ assessment is important.”

University students from Islamabad to Lahore are protesting for the online papers instead of on-campus examinations and several universities have allowed the online papers after the protests.

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