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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Cambridge allows A-level students to re-sit missed exams

Students gathered outside the Karachi Press Club to voice their concerns about the grading process and the adverse impact on their academic futures.

Cambridge Assessment International Examination (CAIE) has offered a resolution to the AS and A-level students in response to widespread student protests and dissatisfaction with the results, affected by the cancellation of examinations due to political unrest in Pakistan. The protests were sparked by unexpected reductions in marks for many students earlier this week.

The cancelled examinations, which took place on May 9 and 12, were met with discontent from students who saw their grades suffer as a result. Students gathered outside the Karachi Press Club to voice their concerns about the grading process and the adverse impact on their academic futures. The main issue stemmed from Cambridge’s decision to use average marking instead of rescheduling the exams.

In an effort to address the students’ concerns, CAIE held a meeting with the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training. The ministry recognized the fairness, validity, and reliability of the June 2023 exam results despite the disruptions caused by the canceled papers of Cambridge A-level in May. As a result of this collaboration, a significant decision was reached.

Students who missed components of the Cambridge International AS & A Level exams on May 10, 11, and 12 due to cancellations will have the opportunity to re-sit those exams in the November 2023 exam series. Importantly, these students will not be required to pay the Cambridge portion of the exam fee for the re-sits. Those re-sitting the A Level qualification will take all relevant components, both AS and ‘A2’.

Additionally, discussions with renowned universities and provincial governments are underway to provide flexibility in the admission process for the affected students. CAIE expressed confidence in the quality of education and assessments they provide, emphasizing their commitment to supporting students.

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Uzma Yousuf, Country Director of Cambridge International, Pakistan, praised the government’s trust in CAIE and assured students of their dedication to providing a successful academic experience. She advised concerned students to reach out to their schools or the British Council for assistance.

The Ministry of Education applauded CAIE’s commitment to delivering quality education and being a crucial partner in the educational improvement of Pakistan. This resolution seeks to alleviate the concerns of affected students and maintain the integrity of the education system in the face of unforeseen disruptions.