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Pakistan board students want exams cancelled

Pakistan board students want exams cancelled

Intermediate and matric students across Pakistan want their exams, starting in June, cancelled.

On Thursday, they stormed Twitter with the hashtags #cancelboardexams and #PakYouthWantsJustice demanding the government calls off the exams like it did with Cambridge exams.

“The government itself is conducting online meetings but want us to risk our lives and sit for physical exams,” a 10th grader said. “How is this even fair?”

On Wednesday, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced that examinations for classes 9 till intermediate will be taken as per the timetable announced by every province.

In a Twitter post, he said rumours were circulating that exams wouldn’t be held but there was no truth to it. The exams have been delayed but will be held after June 15.

The minister added that students will not be passed without exams in any circumstances this year.

On April 27, Pakistan cancelled O and As level exams across the country. The student appearing for the May-June session will now sit for their exams in October and November. The decision was taken after a rise in coronavirus cases and failure to implement SOPs at examination centres.

Now board students across the country want a similar decision to be announced in their favor. “Is it only the O and A level students who can get the virus? We can’t?,” a student questioned.

Another intermediate students pointed out that the government recently warned about the spread of the Brazilian and South African variant in the country. “So they want us to now sit for exams and expose ourselves to the virus? Have they not seen what has happened in India?”

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