Inter Matric Boards will hold Exams after 24 May : Shafqat Mahmood

Mahmood made the announcement while addressing the media after the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) held a meeting to review the opening of the country’s educational institutions. Inter Matric Boards will hold Exams after 24 May.

Key takeaways for Covid hotspots

  • Classes for grades 1 to 8 will remain suspended till April 28
  • Classes for grades 9 to 12 will begin from April 19 in a staggered manner
  • All board exams will take place
  • Local boards will hold exams after May 24
  • A and O Level exams to go ahead as planned (from May 10)
  • Universities have been asked to push back entrance exams

“A special meeting of Health and Education Ministers of all provinces and AJK/GB was held today.” Said Education Minister.

He added that “The following decisions were taken with complete consensus. Classes 9 to 12 would commence in affected districts in a staggered manner to allow students to prepare for Board exams”

” 9 to 12 exams will take place according to the new date sheets announced by the Boards.”

“This means will not start before 4th week of May. University admissions schedule will be adjusted keeping in view the new exam time table”

“It was also decided with complete consensus among ministers that A, AS, O level and IGCSE exams will take place as per date sheet announced by CAIES. There will be no delay or cancellation.” He added

“Those students wishing to take exams in Oct/Nov can do so in the same fee already paid”

“Meeting was also informed that Cambridge has decided not to give teacher assessed grades this year therefore those not taking exams will take them in the next cycle Oct/Nov.”

“Cambridge also assured that all SOPs will be strictly followed”

“Universities in affected districts will continue online while in districts with less than 8% positivity they will continue to function”

“It was also decided that classes 1 to 8 will remain closed. The details will be announced by the provinces and GB/AJK”

However, as cases continued to rise and spread to more cities in Punjab and KP, the NCOC in a review on March 24 decided to extend the closures till April 11, this time including more cities in the said provinces. At the time, institutes in Balochistan and Sindh were advised to maintain a 50 per cent attendance policy since the incidence of cases was lower in these provinces.

Two days ago, the Sindh government also suspended physical classes for grades one till eight in all public and private schools for 15 days starting April 6 (today) in view of the rising incidence of Covid-19 cases in the province.

Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said schools will be able to continue delivering online classes, or keep the students engaged through homework and other means.

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