Intermediate examinations to happen after June 15: Shafqat Mehmood

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Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood addressing a press convention at Press Information Department (PID) in Islamabad. — Online/File

Intermediate examinations throughout Pakistan can be held after June 15,  Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood introduced Tuesday.

The coronavirus scenario is getting higher within the nation as a result of vaccinations and different steps taken by the federal government, the minister stated, whereas talking in Geo News programme “Capital Talk”.

“I am very hopeful,” he stated, about efficiently holding examinations.

The minister stated at the moment solely A2 (A Level second 12 months) examinations are being held throughout the nation, however a number of individuals are voicing their calls for to be awarded college assessed grades.

“If examinations do not take place, then no one will study — and that is why the (O/A Level) exams — that have been postponed — will be conducted in October and November,” he stated.

Last month, as Pakistan noticed an uptick in COVID-19 instances, Mehmood and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan had introduced that as per the suggestion of the National Command and Operation Centre, all board exams have been postponed until June 15.

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

Mehmood added that one other assembly of the NCOC will resolve within the third week of May whether or not these exams might be postponed additional or not.

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

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

He, nevertheless, stated college students of A2 should seem within the examination proper now, as deferment would result in a wasted 12 months.