Cambridge Reschedules Exams for O Levels Students in Pakistan

Due to the rising cases of the novel coronavirus in Pakistan, thousands of students voiced their concerns. Soon after, Shafqat Mehmood, the Federal Minister for Education, made an announcement for them. 

According to him, Cambridge International has decided that O Level exams in the country will be rescheduled owing to the increase in the number of cases of the disease in the country. The new date for these exams will now be the 15th of May, 2021. 

Shafqat revealed that he had detailed discussions with the foreign body of education to try and have the exams delayed. He went on to add on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, that further details will be disclosed by Cambridge later.

On the other hand, the education minister asserted that exams for A and AS Levels will be held as per the schedule originally designed by the British board. According to him, all standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be strictly enforced to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

On his official Twitter handle, Shafqat also wished students good luck for their upcoming exams. As per this decision made, the first exam for O-level students is most likely to take place on the very first day after Eid-ul-Fitr. 

No less than 90,000 students from across the country have registered to participate in the upcoming O and A Level examinations for the month of June 2021. Of these total number of registered students, 50,000 will now give exams as per the changed timetable for O Level examinations. 

Cambridge International also released its own statement confirming that A and AS Level exams will proceed as originally timetabled. However, they added, IGCSEs as well as O Level exams will now take place from the 15th of May. 

The press release added that the foreign education board is working hard to make sure that the students in Pakistan are safe while advancing their education. It applauded the efforts being made by the authorities and schools in the country to ensure the protection of the students. It went on to assert that the announcement made by the Federal Minister of Education came after several meetings with education officials, representing the government in Pakistan. 

The statement concluded that with the aid of the Pakistani government, the foreign board of education will be holding exams for A and AS Level students as per the original plan. This is being done to ensure that these students can easily move on to the next stage of their academic life. 

Cambridge further added that it is looking for ways to make the delayed exams work without causing any harm to the health of the students. Therefore, it will be working closely with the relevant authorities in the Pakistani government. 

The foreign board has also clarified that it will not be repeating the same approach as last time. This means that there is no possibility of them switching to grades that are assessed by the schools of the students. The statement released promised to provide more details in the weeks to come.