ISLAMABAD: Federal Schooling Minister Shafqat Mehmood was assured by the British Council Pakistan on Thursday that the physique will make sure that all coronavirus normal working procedures are adopted in the course of the upcoming O and A degree examinations.
“The pinnacle of British Council and Cambridge in Pakistan got here to see me at this time. They [British Council] assured me that each one SOPs for conducting the examination can be strictly adopted,” tweeted the minister with an image of the representatives in a gathering with him.
Earlier this week, Schooling Minister Shafqat Mehmood introduced that O and AS/A degree examinations in Pakistan will proceed as per schedule and that there will probably be “completely no change” within the authorities’s determination on the matter.
Exams for AS and A ranges will begin from April 26 (in 20 days), whereas O degree exams will begin from Might 10 in keeping with a revised schedule introduced by Cambridge.
He described the choice to proceed with exams as a unanimous and ultimate one and repeatedly underlined that it was not going to vary.
Mehmood was addressing mother and father and college students scheduled to take a seat for the Cambridge Worldwide Examinations throughout a information convention on Tuesday.
“There are solely round 85,000 college students from throughout Pakistan who’re sitting for the A, AS and O Stage examinations, in comparison with four million college students sitting for native board exams,” the minister had mentioned.
The minister had mentioned that — given the comparatively decrease variety of college students impacted, and the truth that the federal government has no authority over the Cambridge examinations board — well being and schooling officers from all 4 provinces and the federation had unanimously determined that there can be no change within the O and AS/A Stage exams schedule this 12 months, nor would the exams be cancelled in favour of predicted grades.
“Cambridge has assured that they are going to guarantee full compliance with [coronavirus prevention] SOPs — desks will probably be positioned at a six-metre distance, no crowds will probably be allowed outdoors [exam centres],” he mentioned.
The minister argued that the Cambridge exams had been extra manageable due to the comparatively decrease variety of college students sitting for them: “On most days it’s 2,000 kids, 5,000 kids [sitting for the exams] — barring a couple of days the place there are 10-15,000 kids,” he defined.