The havoc created by the novel coronavirus has begun to show its affects on the Department of Education, Pakistan.
After the delay of SSC examination which was supposed to begin on March 15, 2020 and Inter exam which was supposed to be held on April 15, 2020, the federal education minister Shafqat Mehmood has now announced the cancelation of all board exams throughout the country.
Government cancels all board exams across the country
The Federal Minister Education, Shafqat Mehmood on Tuesday took it to twitter to announce the cancelation. His tweet read “Two important decisions taken by PM Imran Khan in the NCC today. One, All educational institutions will remain closed till July 15. Two, ALL board exams throughout the country have been cancelled. Students would be assessed on their previous performance in board exams.”
Reportedly, the government has reluctantly made the decision that, the academic holidays have been extended till 15th of July. The tweet further says that all the board exams have been cancelled and the students will be promoted on the basis of their previous results, i.e, Year 2019’s acaedmic performance.
The government is yet to finalize a formula for the results, but upon inquiry regarding students of Grade 9, the minister of education explained that they will take composite exam in Grade 10. Furthermore, the universities will accept 11th grade’s performance for admission in higher studies.
The announcement was followed by another tweet that said “Universities would decide their exams schedule according to their own policies and according to the direction and SOPs issued by the Higher Education Commission.”
Universities have been teaching via online classes and postponing the semester exams since the pandemic began.
Questions were raised by the students and parents regarding those students who didn’t perform well in their previous exams, failed the exam or intended to reappear in the finals. Shafqat assured the people that their queries will be answered on Monday. “All the aspects will be kept in mind before forming a policy,” he said.
The government is taking safety measures and ensuring the safety of the mass of school, college in university students.
The news came out as a pleaseant surprise for students
As soon as the news came out, students across the country were seen celebrating as if it’s Eid. Here are a few glimplses of how people are reacting to it:
And like every other event, people were quick to make memes on this one too—because memes are what we’re good at, innit?
While the rest of the students are celebrating, some people aren’t quite happy
While Matric and FSc students were celebrating, University students could be seen worrying for themselves because they still have to attend their exams.
Realizing that their exams haven’t been canceled and their demands have been ignored, university students started their own protest using the hashtag #CallOffUniversitiesExams on twitter which quickly started trending in Pakistan.
Andd then came the memes..😂
Da zamung qismat de yaar? 🙁
Couldn’t be put more accurate than this 😂
Tastes like betrayal, innit?