Federal education minister Shafqat Mahmood announced that no examinations will take place in the country until June 15. All exams are postponed due to the alarming situation of coronavirus across the country.
Shafqat Mahmood said that the examinations could be held till July and August while the O level examinations would be held in October and November. All exams will be canceled by June 15. However, a final decision will be made in the third week of May after reviewing the situation.
Matric exams that were scheduled to start from the last week of May are now postponed again. Hence all the date sheets of the boards will be revised again. Shafqat Mahmood said that O and A level exams are being canceled and now will be held in the October-November cycle. However, A2 exams will be held as per schedule for those students who want to apply to foreign universities. Shafqat Mahmood stated that not more than 50 students will be allowed in one center for A2 exams.
Shafqat Mahmood said the decision had been taken to address the "health concerns of students and parents". Shafqat Mahmood also said that university admissions in Pakistan will be aligned for grade 12 and A2 students who will be taking exams in Oct-Nov. "This is to ensure no one loses a year," he wrote. He said that it will be ensured that University admissions remain open till January.
Students and social media activists were appealing to the government to cancel the Cambridge exams in view of the third coronavirus wave. Many posted a number of videos of the Cambridge exams centers, and it was evident from the videos that SOPs were not being properly followed.
Shafqat Mahmood said that situation will be continuously monitored, and another meeting will be held in the third week of May to analyze the situation. The decision on whether to further postpone the exams or not will be taken in the next meeting.