Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood said on Wednesday that students of ninth and matric across the country would be examined on the basis of math and elective subjects.
Shafqat Mehmood, explaining the decision during a press conference in Islamabad, said only four exams, including math for ninth and matric, will be conducted — computer science, biology, physics, and chemistry.
No student would be awarded grades without attempting exams this year, the federal education minister stressed. “If we do not conduct the exams, then students will not even employ minimum efforts to study,” he added.
Shafqat’s press conference came after he chaired a meeting of provincial education ministers and officials from the education departments, according to the education ministry.
Classes 11 and 12 will be assessed only on elective subjects, said Mehmood. “This decision will make the examination process easier for students.”
The minister said the exams of elective subjects were being conducted as students aspiring to opt for a selected field could be assessed on the basis of their elective subjects.
The education minister said boards were preparing to conduct exams from June 24, and now, to facilitate students, we have asked them to begin examinations after July 10.
“We have also asked boards to keep some gap between the exams,” he said, as he explained the government had taken several steps to ease the process on the students as the educational institutions could not complete the course work.
The education minister said exams of classes 10 and 12 would be conducted first — from July 10 — and the examinations of classes 9 and 11 will be conducted once they end.
The minister said the government wants all the results to be issued by the third week of September so that timely issuance of results will help the students secure admissions in universities.
The education minister noted the government had decided to shut down schools as it had become necessary due to the coronavirus situation. “We then reduced the syllabus by 40%.”
The minister said educational institutions were allowed to conduct the classes of 10 and 12, and now, the classes of 9 and 11 will also be conducted.
Mehmood said no teacher invigilating the exams can perform their duties without getting the coronavirus vaccine, and that is why the government has begun their inoculation on a priority basis.
“We have assured the provinces in this regard and asked them to seek assistance if they face any setbacks,” he said.
The minister noted that if the people affiliated with the education sector were vaccinated, it would be easier for the government to reopen them.
The universities have been asked to consider A-Level students, who will be attempting their exams in October and November, for provisional admissions.
The education minister said the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) played an active role during the pandemic — may it be closing or opening of schools and conducting exams.