Coronavirus in Pakistan: Shafqat Mehmood assured of SOPs compliance throughout Cambridge exams

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Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood assembly with chiefs of British Council and Cambridge in Pakistan.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood was assured by the British Council Pakistan on Thursday that the physique will make sure that all coronavirus normal working procedures are adopted throughout the upcoming O and A stage examinations.

“The head of British Council and Cambridge in Pakistan came to see me today. They [British Council] assured me that all SOPs for conducting the exam would be strictly followed,” tweeted the minister with an image of the representatives in a gathering with him.  

Earlier this week, Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood introduced that O and AS/A stage examinations in Pakistan will proceed as per schedule and that there will likely be “absolutely no change” within the authorities’s resolution on the matter.

Exams for AS and A ranges will start from April 26 (in 20 days), whereas O stage exams will start from May 10 in response to a revised schedule introduced by Cambridge.

He described the choice to proceed with exams as a unanimous and closing one and repeatedly underlined that it was not going to vary.

Mehmood was addressing mother and father and college students scheduled to take a seat for the Cambridge International Examinations throughout a information convention on Tuesday.

“There are only around 85,000 students from all over Pakistan who are sitting for the A, AS and O Level examinations, compared to 4 million students sitting for local board exams,” the minister had mentioned.

The minister had mentioned that — given the comparatively decrease variety of college students impacted, and the truth that the federal government has no authority over the Cambridge examinations board — well being and training officers from all 4 provinces and the federation had unanimously determined that there could be no change within the O and AS/A Level exams schedule this 12 months, nor would the exams be cancelled in favour of predicted grades.

“Cambridge has assured that they will ensure full compliance with [coronavirus prevention] SOPs — desks will be placed at a six-metre distance, no crowds will be allowed outside [exam centres],” he mentioned.

The minister argued that the Cambridge exams have been extra manageable due to the comparatively decrease variety of college students sitting for them: “On most days it is 2,000 children, 5,000 children [sitting for the exams] — barring a few days where there are 10-15,000 children,” he defined.