Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood said Wednesday that students enrolled in matriculation and ninth across the country this year will be graded on the basis of electives and math.
Explaining the decision during a press conference in Islamabad, the minister said that only four exams will be taken, including math for the ninth and high school diplomas – biology, computer science, physics and chemistry.
Without taking the exam, no student would get grades this year, the Minister of Education emphasized, adding: “If we don’t take the exams, the students won’t even spend the slightest amount of time studying.”
Mehmood’s press conference came after chairing a meeting of provincial education ministers and officials from the education departments, according to the Ministry of Education.
- 10th 9th to only elective subjects attempt exams of math.
- Computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, and math for classes 9, 10.
- Inter will be assessed on only elective subjects.
- Exams for classes 10 and 12 to start after July 10.
- Exams for classes 9 and 11 to start from after completion of classes 10 and 12 exams.
Exams Starts From 10th July
The education minister said the panels were preparing to hold exams starting Jan.
“We also asked the boards to maintain a certain gap between exams,” he said when explaining that the government had taken several steps to make the process easier for the students because the educational institutions were unable to complete the coursework.
The Education Minister said grades 10 and 12 exams would be held first – starting July 10 – and grades 9 and 11 exams after they end.
The minister said the government wanted all results to be published by the third week of September so that timely publication of results would help students secure admission to universities.
The education minister stated that the government had decided to close schools as it had become necessary due to the coronavirus situation. “We then reduced the curriculum by 40%.”
The minister said that educational institutions are allowed to hold grades 10 and 12, and now grades 9 and 11 are also being run.
Vaccine Compulsory For teachers
Mehmood said that no teacher overseeing the exams can do their duty without getting the coronavirus vaccine, and that is why the government has started vaccination as a priority.
“We have given the provinces this assurance and asked them to seek help in the event of any setbacks,” he said.
The minister noted that it would be easier for the government to reopen them if those associated with the education sector were vaccinated.
Universities have been asked to consider A-level students taking their exams in October and November for preliminary admission.
The minister said authorities would be urged to allow students who would take exams in the near future to take the admission tests for engineering, MDCAT and other medical exams.