The Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood on late Thursday evening announced that Cambridge International Examinations has agreed to reschedule ‘O’ level exams to after May 15.
Taking to Twiter, the minister wrote that the decision was taken after a detailed discussion with relevant bodies, adding that related details will be shared later by Cambridge later.
“However, ‘A’ and ‘As’ level exams will take place as per the original timetable, following all the SOPs. Wishing everyone success in the exams,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Mehmood had indicated the possibility of rescheduling the O and A Level exams slated for the May/June session.
Taking to Twitter, the minister had written that students are “constantly calling, sending messages or writing emails”, and he wishes to let them know that he is “in constant contact with Cambridge authorities”.
He said discussions to reschedule “most if not all exams to after May 15” are being held, adding that he “should know more tomorrow”.
This month, the minister had announced that all Cambridge exams — as well as those for Intermediate and Matriculation students — will be held as per schedule this year.
Will discuss postponement of O and A Level exams with CIE: Shafqat Mehmood
He said that exams for grades 10, 11 and 12 will be held this year in May and June.
“Our children are giving [inter and matric] exams under the Pakistani boards, hence the same [rule] will also apply for children giving exams for other boards,” he said, referring to O level and A level students.
However, following a meeting of the health and education ministers at the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) yesterday, in which it was decided that schools in coronavirus hotspot areas will be closed till April 11, exams came under discussion once more.
Mehmood had said, following the meeting, that he will discuss with Cambridge whether exams scheduled in the May/June session can be postponed.