The Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mahmood, has stated that awarding grades to students without examinations is impossible.
He said this during a televised interview on Sunday night and added that the authorities had witnessed irregularities in the grading system last year when students were promoted without examinations during the first wave of the pandemic in Pakistan.
The University of Punjab has announced the reduction of student fees by 20 percent, keeping in view the devastating effects of the ongoing COVID-19 wave. As per the official circular handed out by the varsity to students and faculty alike, online classes at the campus have also been postponed, local students have been ordered to vacate hostel premises by 5th May, whereas international students are allowed to stay on-campus but with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
Earlier today, the federal government directed all private educational institutes in Islamabad to reduce monthly fee by 20% amid the ongoing deadly COVID-19 wave.
The Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) is considering the promotion of ninth and first-year students to the next grades without examinations. The matter was discussed during an online meeting of the IBCC’s Steering Committee on Tuesday.
The meeting also discussed shortening exam duration by conducting only optional exams instead of compulsory ones. However, it was conveyed that taking optional exams could be possible for the science category as it has fewer optional exams, but will be difficult in the arts category as there are many optional subjects. Hence, the idea was floated to take exams for classes X and XII, and promote students of IX and XI grades without examinations.
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