Education Ministry gives NOC to British Council to conduct O level exams in July
The Federal Ministry of Education has given a No Objection Certificate to British Council to conduct special O level exams in the country, reported 24NewsHD TV Channel Thursday.
Federal Education Minister said in a tweet that they had issued an NOC on Thursday 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,” he added.
The education ministry has directed the British Council to conduct the exam while strictly observing and implementing all the coronavirus-related SOPs.
Shafqat said this pandemic has created immense difficulties in all walks of life but especially in education. “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.”
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
Earlier, the British Council has to postpone the exams in April after strong protest from the students and the worsening condition of the third coronavirus condition prompted the NCOC to put a blanket ban on all kind of examinations in the country.
The decision to hold Cambridge International examinations for O and A level in April was taken despite the immense pressure and online campaign from students and activities who demanded the postponing of exams amid the current wave of coronavirus.
The students and activists went to Islamabad High Court (IHC) but the court dismissed the petition and asked the petitioners to seek relevant forums as NCOC decisions cannot be challenged.
Earlier, the British Council in Lahore announced the commencement of the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE)’s examinations from April 26 that will conclude on June 13 this year.