Sindh govt announces dates for matric, intermediate exams

Education ministry to decide on students’ exams after Eidul Fitr

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Islamabad: The Minister of Education will make the final decision after the Eidul Fitr festival so that students of different grades can be tested.

Federal Minister of Education Shafqat Mahmood hosted an inter-provincial meeting of ministers of education via a video link today to discuss strategies for conducting school, college and A-level student examinations.

The source told us that it has been decided to take the exams for the 10th and 12th grades first, and the exams for the 9th and 11th grade students will be decided based on the COVID-19 situation.

It is suggested that only optional subjects should be tested in order to shorten the test process. The source added that the provinces will release the 10th and 12th level examination timetables at the earliest, while the A-level examinations will be conducted according to the timetable.

Earlier on May 2, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood had said that it is impossible to award grades among student without holding exams as the authorities witnessed irregularities in the grading system after deciding to promote the students amid the surge of COVID-19 cases.

He added that the top performers were disappointing last year. He further said that the exam will be conducted at all costs, because it is impossible to deprive the best performing students to obtain the results of their hard work.

Regarding the admissions, Shafqat Mahmood said that the varsities’ administrations have been asked to change their admission policy. Those students who appear in the exams in October will get admissions.

It may be noted here that the education ministry had announced to cancel all exams in the country till June 15 after a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the country.

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