ISLAMABAD: The British Council, which administers the exams, announced Tuesday that the O and A Level exams, which were planned for May 25, have been postponed.
The announcement comes after the PTI decided to stage a “Azadi March” – a protest gathering — against the government, which will be accompanied by additional security measures.
Students, parents express worry
Students and parents have expressed their dissatisfaction with the government’s decision to postpone the exams.
Mrs Shafgufta, whose daughter is doing her A2 examinations in June, told Geo.tv: “Last year, when my daughter was taking her A1 exams, they were called off owing to the pandemic, so she had to appear in the October / November session.”
She argued that the grade barrier for certain topics, such as business, psychology, and sociology, was so high that students received a poor overall mark when they took the October/November session.
“The same thing is about to happen to this batch again. Students study for the June examinations, but due to the interval, they must study for the October/November session again, dampening their enthusiasm.”
Sufia*, an A2 student, on the other hand, stated that her biggest concern is getting into a university in a timely manner.
“Due to the cancellation of the exam, I will receive my results in January 2023 if I appear in the October/November session. Consequently, I will not be able to start university this September and will have to wait for the whole year,” she said.
“This batch is set to experience the same thing. Students study for the June exams, but then have to study again for the October/November session due to the gap, reducing their excitement.”
Sufia*, an A2 student, on the other hand, claimed that getting into a university in a timely manner is her main priority.
“If I take the October/November session, I will receive my results in January 2023 due to the exam cancellation. As a result, I will be unable to begin university in September and will have to wait an entire year “she stated.
Cancellation of other exams
Not only have O and A Level exams been cancelled, but also matriculation exams in Lahore and Rawalpindi. Similarly, exams scheduled for Punjab University have been rescheduled.
Exams at the Lahore College for Women University and the Allama Iqbal Open University have been postponed as well.
The postponed exams for BA (associate degree), BS, and B Ed will be place on June 23, according to Allama Iqbal Open University.