May 7, 2020 marks for a historic day in the history of Pakistan when board exams were called off for all grade levels. Because of the ongoing pandemic, the conduction of board exams had become a serious concern for both students and the respective educational bodies. This issue was at first raised on the tables of Inter Boards Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) from where it was passed on unconcluded to the Federal Minister of Education Shafqat Mehmood. The federal minister conducted a meeting of an inter-provincial nature where significant progress was recorded. Finally, today after the meeting of National Coordination Committee (NCC), Federal Minister Shafqat Mehmood announced that all board exams ranging from grade 9th to 12th had been cancelled.
— RJ Umar Tweets (@rjumarishaq_) May 7, 2020
How Will The Students Be Promoted To Next Classes?
Cancellation of board exams has led to an interesting situation in educational departments all around the country. It has been decided in the NCC meeting that the students will be promoted to their next class on the basis of their score in last passed exams. This means that the students from class 9 will rely on their send up exams conducted in schools to be promoted into class 10, while the students who are in class 10 will have to use their obtained marks in class 9th’s board exams. Similarly, students will be allowed to secure admission in colleges for grade 11 on the basis of their marks in class 10. Students who are in grade 12 will have to make use of their marks obtained in grade 11’s board exams for admissions in universities. However, final marking criteria will be released in detail by educational bodies in a few days.
All universities and educational bodies including HEC have been advised to make necessary arrangements and design systems to carry out the entire grading process. An important point to be noted is that the students from grade 12 who wish to secure admission in a university will be bound to pass that specific institution’s entry test. Entry tests for universities have not been called off and most of them will be conducted after the month of July.
Reaction Of Students
Students who were dying of anxiety of uncertain future of their exams know no bounds to their joy. There had been an incessant demand for the cancellation or delay of exams for the last two months and it made to twitter trending more than once. Students who were bound to take their exams this year feel relieved and have appreciated the efforts of the government to safeguard their health.
— Zain Cheema (@Zain__Cheema) May 7, 2020
Especially the students who are waiting to seek admission in universities can now easily focus on their preparations for entry tests which are way more complex and trickier than the cramming based examination system of boards.
Why Are University Students Mad At Government?
Although the news of cancellation of board exams and delay in reopening the schools has brought a wave of happiness and excitement throughout students in Pakistan, there is one sector of students quite unhappy with the government. University students have expressed their resentment towards government for not talking in detail about their future and plans. Federal Minister Shafqat Mehmood made a tweet in which he stated that universities will have to continue with their schedule and exams will be conducted on their mentioned dates – even if the nature of the exam is internet based.
This is kinda unfair to uni students. We are going through the same stress of global pandemic that the younger students are going through. Exams should collectively be called off.#CallOffUniversitiesExams https://t.co/ubWITh3tS7
— Fatima 🕊 (@moonlitcemetery) May 7, 2020
Government has left universities to opt for their own fate and to make their own policies in accordance to the pandemic. However, university students are finding it difficult to cope with their studies via online lectures as it is troublesome and non-efficient.