O degree exams in Pakistan will now be carried out from Might 15, however A and AS degree exams will go forward “as timetabled”, Cambridge Worldwide Examinations confirmed late Thursday.
“Cambridge Worldwide AS and A Ranges to go forward as timetabled, O Ranges and IGCSEs to happen from Might 15,” learn an announcement issued by the UK examination board.
Earlier, the exams have been scheduled to start from April 26, 2020. As per the brand new announcement, now solely A and AS degree exams will go forward as scheduled in April.
Near 50,000 candidates are prone to seem in O Stage/IGCSE exams and about 40,000 in AS/A Stage exams from throughout Pakistan.
The UK examination board stated that they’re “working exhausting to assist efforts by faculties and authorities in Pakistan to maintain the scholars secure and assist them” proceed their training amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The board had stated that it was involved with Pakistani authorities on the problem.
“We’re happy to announce that with the assistance of the Authorities of Pakistan, we might be holding all Cambridge Worldwide AS & A Ranges as timetabled, in order that college students can progress to the subsequent stage of their training,” stated the CIE.
The board stated that they’ve agreed that solely Cambridge O Stage and IGCSE exams might be held from Might 15 onwards.
“We are actually trying urgently at how finest to make this work. We won’t change to school-assessed grades,” clarified the board.
It added that they may present extra info to colleges subsequent week.
Shafqat Mehmood holds assembly with Cambridge
The assertion by the CIE got here shortly after Federal Minister for Schooling and Skilled Coaching Shafqat Mehmood late on Thursday night introduced that CIE has agreed to reschedule O degree exams to after Might 15.
The minister stated that the choice was taken after an in depth dialogue with related our bodies, including that associated particulars might be shared by Cambridge later.
“Nevertheless, ‘A’ and ‘As’ degree exams will happen as per the unique timetable, following all of the SOPs. Wishing everybody success within the exams,” he had stated.
Mehmood had indicated the opportunity of rescheduling the O and A Stage exams slated for the Might/June session.
The minister, in a earlier tweet within the day, stated that college students are “continually calling, sending messages or writing emails”, and he needs to allow them to know that he’s “in fixed contact with Cambridge authorities”.
He stated discussions to reschedule “most if not all exams to after Might 15” are being held, including that he “ought to know extra tomorrow”.
Earlier this month, the minister had introduced that every one Cambridge exams — in addition to these for Intermediate and Matriculation college students — might be held as per schedule this yr.
He stated that exams for grades 10, 11 and 12 overseen by native boards might be held this yr in Might and June.
“Our youngsters are giving [Intermediate and Matriculation] exams beneath Pakistani boards, therefore the identical [rule] will even apply for kids giving exams for different boards,” he had stated, referring to O degree and A degree college students.
Nevertheless, following a gathering of the well being and training ministers on the Nationwide Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) on March 24, wherein it was determined that faculties in coronavirus hotspot areas might be closed until April 11, exams got here beneath dialogue as soon as extra.
Mehmood had stated, following the assembly, that he’ll focus on with Cambridge whether or not exams scheduled within the Might/June session will be postponed.