The Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mahmood has issued a no-objection certificate to the British Council for holding the special O Level examinations in the country starting in the last week of July.
The examinations will start on July 26 and will last till August 6, Shafqat Mahmood said in a tweet on Thursday.
He added that the move will facilitate O Level students to get promotions to A level or FA and FSc examinations from September.
“This kind of examination in July is unprecedented and I am happy that Cambridge is arranging it,” he said.
He also attached a copy of the NOC in the tweet.
We issued an NOC today to British Council allowing it to hold special O level exams from July 26 to August 6. This will facilitate O level students to start A level or FA/Fsc from September. This kind of exam in July is unprecedented and I am happy that Cambridge is arranging it pic.twitter.com/bYIikHAECD
— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) May 27, 2021
The minister understood that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has affected all sectors, however, the education sector was the most hurt.
“We have been taking difficult decisions to ensure that education/learning continues. Every decision has pros and cons but for us, the interest/welfare of students is always paramount,” he said.
It should be noted that Punjab and KP have announced schedules for matric and intermediate examinations.
As per the announcement made on Thursday, KP will start matriculation exams on June 23 and intermediate exams on June 24.
The intermediate exams in Punjab will commence on July 14, whereas the intermediate exams for all eight boards will start on June 26.