Pakistani students want Cambridge 2021 exams cancelled

O/A-Level students in Pakistan want the international board to cancel the upcoming May/June 2021 exams as the country grapples with the third wave of the coronavirus.

On Monday, #cancelcieexams2021 became one of the top Twitter trends in the country.

“In 2021, students have suffered the most,” an A-Level student, who refused to be named, said. “The syllabus of most of our courses has not been completed yet and most of us are suffering from anxiety and depression because of the pandemic.”

“Now, as the third wave of the coronavirus continues to spread, how can the government allow the exams to be conducted?”

All the students protesting against the exams have started a petition addressed to Mahmood. Here are the reasons they have cited for their demands:

  • Online classes were not up to the standard of education required.
  • Schools struggled with delivering curriculum due to on/off schedules.
  • Students and their parents who contracted the virus found it difficult to cope up with their studies.
  • Hostel students who were forced back home didn’t have a proper environment to study.
  • Most countries have promoted students based on predicted grades.
  • Local boards reduced the exam syllabus or delayed assessments but CIE students didn’t have these options.

Other students raised concerns that if they end up with bad grades, which happened with a lot of students last year, it will make it difficult for them to get into their dream universities.

The Cambridge O and A-Level exams in Pakistan this year will begin on April 26 and end on June 11.

CIE exams cancelled in UK

Another point raised by students is that the international board has cancelled exams in over 10 countries across the world.

According to Schoolsweek, Cambridge International is opting for teacher assessments for its IGCSE qualifications in the United Kingdom.

The board said that it will go for teachers’ assessments in a “very small” number of countries and regions where it will be “impossible” for the exams to go ahead.

Third Covid-19 wave in Pakistan

Special Assistant to PM on Health Dr Faisal Sultan announced that the third wave of the virus has begun in the country.

Pakistan has reported more than 2,000 cases for the fourth consecutive day today. A total of 2,253 cases and 29 deaths were recorded over 24 hours. The death toll has reached 13,508.

The highest number of cases have been emerging from Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Following this, smart lockdowns have been imposed in multiple areas of Punjab, Peshawar, and Islamabad.

Schools in these areas have been closed for two weeks as well. On Sunday, the government decided to close the National Assembly and Senate secretariat till March 16.

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#cancelcieexams2021

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#cancelcies we want our safety first
And non of us are really prepared for The CIES

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Totally agreed.

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Very informative!

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Thanks a lot!!!

Your welcome!!!