Pakistani students have been calling out the Ministry of Education to cancel board exams 2021 all over Pakistan.
Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference held on Monday decided to conduct examinations in all educational institutes from June 20th. Meanwhile, Pakistan board exam students have called out Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood to cancel the examination just like they postponed the Cambridge examinations.
The government must immediately reverse its incompetent and futile decision. Because the students completely reject this decision of the government. All countries have canceled the papers. Pakistan did not come down from the sky.
— Muhammad Usman (@usmanmalik231) May 24, 2021
— zayn (@zayn81615444) May 24, 2021
“Interprovincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) took place yesterday. It was decided that Board exams would begin after June 15. Intermediate and Matric exams would be given priority so that results can come in before university admissions,” said Shafqat Mehmood in a tweet on May 6th.
A day before, he squashed the rumors of board exams being canceled in a tweet. “Class 9 and 11 exams will take place according to the timetable of the respective boards. No truth in rumors that they will not be held,” said Shafqat Mehmood in a tweet.
Trends #cancelboardexams and #PakYouthWantsJustice have been trending atop on social media. Students have attributed their demand to cancel the examination to the lack of preparation and risk to lives from COVID-19.
We need justice. Remember young youth together are so powerful. We are united. We are together strong. Allah is with us. Matric, Fsc, 12th exams must be cancelled. O and A levels must be given SAGS. @Shafqat_Mahmood@ImranKhanPTI
— Abdullah Rafique (@WarriorYTX) May 5, 2021
At the end of April, Shafqat Mehmood had canceled all exams in Pakistan until 15th June. Students sitting for the O-Level exams in May/June will now take the exams in the Oct/Nov session.
As per an NCOC meeting in April, authorities stated that they will monitor the Covid situation and decide whether or not Pakistan needs strict measures regarding the containment of the pandemic.
However, recently, the country experienced a massive surge in Covid cases which raised government concerns. Authorities urged the public to follow SOPs to prevent a situation like India. PM Khan even enlisted the help of the Army to assist the local police to enforce strict measures.
Despite the grim situation within the country, Cambridge examinations were being held as per schedule which sparked immense criticism from students and parents alike. People began accusing the government of endangering the lives of students.