KARACHI: In view of uncertainty regarding the security situation in the country, all O and A level papers scheduled to be held on Wednesday (today) have been cancelled.

According to a communique of the British Council, the decision to cancel “all exams” including O and A level was made “after carefully evaluating the situation and to ensure the safety of our candidates, their parents and staff members in the event of any untoward incident”.

Besides O and A level exams, the IELTS English language test and exams of the University of London have also been cancelled.

A spokesperson for the Cambridge International said that they simply had to cancel the exams in Pakistan as this was a global exam.

“Basically, we have an option for missing an exam for genuine reasons. Such students get marks on the missed paper on the basis of the other exam of the same subject. The other exams of the same subject have already been held so the students will get marks based on those papers,” the spokesperson explained about O and A level exam cancellation.

Regarding the papers scheduled for the day after tomorrow, the Cambridge official said that they would decide about them after watching the situation in Pakistan.

“We will decide whether to cancel or go ahead with any exam on a day-to-day basis,” the spokesperson added.

However, all the educational boards in Sindh have decided to hold matric exams scheduled for Wednesday.

Published in Dawn, May 10th, 2023

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