CIE to retake A level exams cancelled in May free of charge after outcry over results – Pakistan

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Cambridge International on Friday mentioned that A level college students might be allowed to retake exams — which have been cancelled earlier in May due to PTI protests — free of charge, nation director for Pakistan Uzma Yousuf confirmed.

Only these college students whose exams have been cancelled on May 10, 11 and 12 can retake [the exams] free of price in November, she advised Dawn.com.

Yousuf added that Cambridge International had taken the choice taking into consideration the scholars’ complaints about unsatisfactory results.

The determination comes after most of the 45,000 Pakistani college students, who acquired their Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) AS and A-Level results final week, have been terribly disillusioned. With a couple of As and Bs, it virtually rained Cs, Ds, Es and Us.

The cause for the results was the expected grades awarded by the CIE for the three days the exams have been cancelled due to protests following the primary arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan in May.

The scenario had prompted PML-N chief organiser Maryam Nawaz to name upon CIE to evaluate this yr’s grading system and compelled the Institute of Business Administration to revise its admission standards just for the scholars who take their exams in the May/June collection.

Today’s growth got here after a gathering was held on the Education Ministry with Yousuf and heads of non-public faculties in attendance.

In a submit on social media platform X, the secretary of the Federal Education and Professional Training Ministry introduced {that a} retake examination can be held by Cambridge in the October/November collection and college students might be ready to seem for topics/parts missed due to the regulation and order scenario in May.

“Cambridge is not going to charge any charge for the conduct of such exams,” he mentioned, including that it’ll present a “decreased-price plan of logistics”.

“Re-evaluation and Re-assessment of particular person circumstances might be carried out, the place huge distinction is discovered to have been seen between college assessed grades and Cambridge evaluation grades,” he acknowledged.

Schools, the secretary continued, would submit requests for re-analysis and re-evaluation to Cambrdige and would bear 80 per cent price of these requests.

“However, 20pc price can be borne by the mother and father. If as a consequence of such re-analysis grades are modified, all the charge might be reimbursed.”

He added that the training ministry would additionally maintain conferences with vice-chancellors of famend universities to present flexibility in their admission to faculties and coordinate with provincial governments to provoke related measures.

“A complaints redressal mechanism can also be being arrange beneath Private Institution Education Regulatory Authority (PIERA) in the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training to maintain monitor of unresolved complaints,” the secretary added.


Additional reporting by Nadir Guramani

Correction: A earlier model of this story had acknowledged that the British Council issued the assertion. The assertion was issued by Cambridge International. The error is regretted.

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