LAHORE: Learners and social activists have begun an online campaign asking for the retirement of Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood for his failure to get the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) examination delayed.
O and A level learners took to Twitter running a #ResignShafqatMahmood trend. They seek grades based on teachers’ assessment and the total postponement of the study and examinations.
Eesha Batool tweeted, “I am extremely upset at this point. @Shafqat_Mahmood is being inconsiderate and must be sacked for what he has done”.
Rights activist Jibran Nasir also says the support of the students and announced that the students had been complaining for weeks and also filed appeals in all high courts but no one heard them.
He thanked Mr Mehmood for holding the exams. He, however, criticized the minister’s failure to convince the Cambridge Assessment International Education for teacher’s assessment.
He said the Learners or Students would be left behind for six months if they would have to conduct exams in October and November and they would not be promoted to the next grade.
He also tweeted “If #SAGs are not offered to #Pakistani students and @Shafqat_Mahmood makes them miss an entire session and waste 6 months falling behind all international students then @ImranKhanPTI must sack the Federal Education Minister for his monumental blunder to not cancel exams in time”.
Earlier, the minister informed that no exams would take place in the country till June 15, amid a surge in covid-19 cases and deaths.
He also stated the delay of O and A level exams being conducted from last week and said the exams would now take place in the October-November period while adding A2 exams were not cancelled for those students who needed to appear to apply to different or foreign universities.
The minister also tweeted that the decision had been taken to address the “health concerns of students and parents … all exams postponed till June 15 and depending on the condition may even go further”.
PUNJAB CLOSES SCHOOLS: The Punjab School Education Department (SED) on Tuesday stated closing all public and private schools in the province till Eidul Fitr due to increasing cases of Covid-19.
Minister for School Education Murad Raas tweeted “All Public and Private Schools in Punjab to be closed starting April 29, 2021, till Eid due to conditions of Covid-19. No exceptions.”