Matric, intermediate exams to be held only for elective subjects in July: Shafqat Mahmood

01:40 PM | 2 Jun, 2021
Matric, intermediate exams to be held only for elective subjects in July: Shafqat Mahmood

ISLAMABAD – Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood announced to reduce syllabus for board exams of matric and intermediate, addressing students' grievances regarding their course work being incomplete.

Addressing a press conference after chairing a meeting of provincial education ministers and other officials, he said that exams for students of grade nine and 10 would be conducted after July 10 only for elective subjects and mathematics, adding that exams 11 and 12 grades will be held for elective subjects only.

He further said that the exams for classes 9 and 10 will be held after July 10.

The government, in April, had postponed all kinds of exams due to deteriorating situation of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Shafqat Mahmood said the provincial education ministers were of the view that results should be finalised by the third week of September.

He reiterated the committee's earlier decision that no student will be awarded grades without taking exams.

On May 24, officials after the session of the inter-provincial education ministers announced to conduct examinations of all classes and clarified that no student will be promoted to the next class without examinations this year.

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