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NOC granted for the British Council in July/August to hold ‘special’ O-level examinations

On Thursday, the Federal Ministry of Education issued the British Council with a no-objection certificate  (NOC) to administer the “special” O exam, which the previous government postponed from July to August due to rising coronavirus cases and deaths.

“Today we are issuing the NOC to the British Council, which will allow them to conduct special O level examinations from 26 July to 6 August,” tweeted Federal Education Minister Shafkat Mahmoud. The decision will make it easier for Level O students to start their A or FA / FSc level studies starting in September.

“This type of July exam is unprecedented and I am glad Cambridge arranged it,” added Shafqat Mahmood.

The minister’s letter to the Director-General of the British Council-Pakistan stated that the agency “has full authority to conduct a series of small examinations from 26 July 2021 to 6 August 2021, provided all are approved/notified by the Covid – 19 SOP for level” A “[exam] “.

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In a second tweet, Mahmood said the pandemic had caused “tremendous hardship in all areas of life, but especially education”.

In late April, the education minister announced that there would be no tests in the country until June 15 as Covid-19 cases and deaths rose.

He also announced the postponement of the O and A level exams that had started and said the exams would now take place in the October to November cycle. However, the government allowed the A2 exam to be held this time to make it easier for students who wish to apply to foreign universities.

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