Cambridge agrees to reschedule ‘O’ level exams: Shafqat Mahmood

ISLAMABAD: Following a concern shown by thousands of Pakistani students, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood announced that Cambridge International agreed to reschedule ‘O’ level exams to after May 15.

“After detailed discussions, Cambridge has agreed to reschedule O level exams to after May 15. Details will be shared later by them,” the minister announced in a Tweet.

However, ‘A’ and ‘As’ level exams will take place as per the original timetable, following all the standard operating procedures (SOPs) against the novel coronavirus, he added.

The Cambridge International also confirmed that “A” and “As” levels will go ahead as timetabled, however, O Levels and IGCSEs will take place from May 15. It is worth mentioning here that a total of about 90,000 students from all over Pakistan will participate in the A and O Level examinations for June 2021.

Amid a spike in COVID-19 infections, Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced the closure of educational institutions in virus hotspots of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Azad Kashmir till April 11.

Briefing the media after chairing a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), he said the provincial governments will decide whether to keep schools closed or open in light of the number of infections.