Shafqat Mahmood says Inter, Matric students to appear only in elective subjects exams from July 10

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood said Wednesday students of matric and ninth across the country would be assessed on the basis of elective subjects and math this year.

The minister, explaining the decision during a press conference in Islamabad, said only four exams and math for ninth and matric will be conducted — biology, computer science, physics, and chemistry.

No student would be awarded grades without attempting examinations this year, the education minister stressed, he said, adding: “If we do not conduct the exams, then students will not even employ minimum efforts to study.”

Mehmood’s press conference came after he chaired a meeting of provincial education ministers and officials from the education departments, according to the education ministry.

Classes 11 and 12 will be assessed on only elective subjects, said Mehmood. “This decision will make the examination process easier for students.”

The minister said the exams of elective subjects were being conducted as students aspiring to opt for a selected field could be assessed on the basis of their elective subjects.

The education minister said boards were preparing to conduct exams from June 24, and now, to facilitate students, we have asked them to begin examinations after July 10.

“We have also asked boards to keep some gap between the exams,” he said, as he explained the government had taken several steps to ease the process on the students as the educational institutions could not complete the course work.

The education minister said the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) played an active role during the pandemic — may it be closing or opening of schools and conducting exams.