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Pakistan is not cancelling exams this year: Shafqat Mahmood

Decision on schools to be taken on March 24

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 22, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
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Posted: Mar 22, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
Pakistan is not cancelling exams this year: Shafqat Mahmood

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No one will be passed without examinations this year, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said on Monday. In a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre, he said the government passed students without exams last year but that won't happen this yar. "All matric and intermediate exams will be held as per schedule," the minister said. "We don't know what the coronavirus situation will be ahead but for now we are determined to take exams for classes nine, 10, 11, and 12." Speaking at a press conference at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry earlier in the day, he said that there's a huge difference between taking classes online and in person. "Closing schools will be a difficult decision to take." The government wants to keep the educational institutions open but the final decision will be taken after a discussion with all provincial ministers on March 24, the minister said. Talking about a uniform syllabus across the country, he said that the government is working on it. "There were some reservations by Sindh but we are working on them." On Sunday, Mahmood said that the third wave of the novel coronavirus is serious and requires careful review. "All education and health ministers will meet Wednesday, March 24 at the NCOC to take a decision regarding opening or further closure of educational institutions." Infographic: Sindh schools report 1,600 coronavirus cases in two months The health of students and teachers is the government’s top priority, he added. Pakistan schools and coronavirus All educational institutions across the country were closed in late February 2020 after coronavirus cases began to rise. They were reopened in phases starting September 15, 2020. On November 23, 2020, after the second wave of coronavirus cases hit the country, the government announced that all educational institutions would close again from November 26, 2020. Classes were taken online till December 24, 2020, and winter vacations started from December 25, 2020, and were supposed to last till January 10. The government said it would hold a meeting to review the decision to reopen schools on January 4. The NCOC then decided that schools would reopen in phases with classes nine to 12 being the first to reopen on January 18. On March 10, the government closed schools in Punjab, Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for two weeks in light of the third wave of the coronavirus.
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No one will be passed without examinations this year, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said on Monday.

In a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre, he said the government passed students without exams last year but that won’t happen this yar.

“All matric and intermediate exams will be held as per schedule,” the minister said. “We don’t know what the coronavirus situation will be ahead but for now we are determined to take exams for classes nine, 10, 11, and 12.”

Speaking at a press conference at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry earlier in the day, he said that there’s a huge difference between taking classes online and in person. “Closing schools will be a difficult decision to take.”

The government wants to keep the educational institutions open but the final decision will be taken after a discussion with all provincial ministers on March 24, the minister said.

Talking about a uniform syllabus across the country, he said that the government is working on it. “There were some reservations by Sindh but we are working on them.”

On Sunday, Mahmood said that the third wave of the novel coronavirus is serious and requires careful review. “All education and health ministers will meet Wednesday, March 24 at the NCOC to take a decision regarding opening or further closure of educational institutions.”

Infographic: Sindh schools report 1,600 coronavirus cases in two months

The health of students and teachers is the government’s top priority, he added.

Pakistan schools and coronavirus

All educational institutions across the country were closed in late February 2020 after coronavirus cases began to rise. They were reopened in phases starting September 15, 2020.

On November 23, 2020, after the second wave of coronavirus cases hit the country, the government announced that all educational institutions would close again from November 26, 2020.

Classes were taken online till December 24, 2020, and winter vacations started from December 25, 2020, and were supposed to last till January 10. The government said it would hold a meeting to review the decision to reopen schools on January 4.

The NCOC then decided that schools would reopen in phases with classes nine to 12 being the first to reopen on January 18.

On March 10, the government closed schools in Punjab, Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for two weeks in light of the third wave of the coronavirus.

 
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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous  March 22, 2021 1:57 pm/ Reply

    Schools should not be closed as there is a great difference in taking online classes and studying live in the school and sindh board exams are very near so we have to make our students able to attempt the best of theirselves.

  2. Jk  March 22, 2021 4:41 pm/ Reply

    Schools shouldn’t be closed

  3. Adeel Sami  March 22, 2021 8:44 pm/ Reply

    Keep them open and count on the increasing numbers.

    The way the SOPs being followed is the total joke!

  4. Anonymous  March 23, 2021 10:59 pm/ Reply

    I dont think so the minister has any kids. For info im not a student nor parent of any student appearing. Go ahead approve but if anyone faills to a victim of corona….
    The minister is to be held responsible.

  5. Ismail danish Astro  March 24, 2021 12:35 pm/ Reply

  6. palwasha  March 29, 2021 2:43 pm/ Reply

    Someone needs to tell this out of touch Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood you cannot have your cake and eat it!
    The alarming Covid 19 situation on the ground dictates that schools need to be shut until a time when transmission is minimal. Schools being places where large volumes of people congregate are breeding grounds for the virus as are wedding halls where examinations will be held.
    Therefore Physical exams cannot take place . If other countries and examination boards have cancelled and are at peace with their decision because they believe that student lives matter, then why is Pakistan unable to do so because of the ego of one man ?

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