Pakistan students want education boards exam be cancelled

ISLAMABAD: Intermediate and matric students across Pakistan are demanding their examinations, starting in June, cancelled.

On Thursday, the students stormed Twitter with the hashtags #cancelboardexams and #PakYouthWantsJustice demanding the government to calls off the exams like it did with Cambridge examinations.

On Thursday this was trending with 28.3K Tweets

The students argued,“The government itself is conducting online meetings but want us to risk our lives and sit for physical exams, “How is this even fair?”

On Wednesday, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced that examinations for classes 9 till intermediate will be taken as per the timetable announced by every province.

In a Twitter post, he said rumours were circulating that exams wouldn’t be held but there was no truth to it. The exams have been delayed but will be held after June 15.

The minister added that students will not be passed without exams in any circumstances this year.

Ten days back, i.e on April 27, Pakistan cancelled O and As level Cambridge system exams across the country. The student appearing for the May-June O and As level session will now sit for their exams in October and November. The decision was taken after students and a number of celebrities stormed through twitter to get exams cancelled.

Now board students across the country want a similar decision to be announced in their favor. “Is it only the O and A level students who can get the virus? We can’t?” a student questioned.

Another student pointed out that the government recently warned about the spread of the Brazilian and South African variant in the country. “So they want us to now sit for exams and expose ourselves to the virus?”