Thursday, June 8, 2023

Punjab Postpones Ninth-Class Board Exams Amidst Ongoing Situation

  • Education authorities in Punjab have postponed the ninth-class board exams due to the ongoing situation in the country.
  • The decision was made to prioritize the safety and security of students and staff involved in the examination process.
  • International exams scheduled in Pakistan have also been affected, leading to cancellations by the British Council.

In response to the prevailing situation, education authorities in Punjab have announced the postponement of ninth-class board exams originally scheduled for May 11 and 12.

This decision was made by the Punjab Higher Education Department (PHED) in coordination with nine different boards across the province. The PHED has also declared a temporary closure of all colleges and universities for two additional days, with the exception of medical colleges. These measures are a response to the recent unrest and will be followed by the announcement of a new exam date.

The decision to postpone the exams comes in light of the countrywide turbulence following the arrest of Imran Khan, the Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. The initial postponement was prompted by concerns over the safety and security of the students and staff involved in the examination process.

The ensuing violence resulted in several casualties, leading the army to be deployed in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan.

Furthermore, the province of Sindh implemented Section 144 to ensure public order and stability.

The impact of the ongoing situation has also affected international exams scheduled across Pakistan. The British Council has decided to cancel various exams, including those conducted by Cambridge International, Pearson, University of London, ACCA, and IELTS, which were originally planned for May 11. This decision was made to prioritize the safety and well-being of the participants.

As a consequence of the unrest, several disruptions in communication services have occurred. Mobile data services have been shut down for the second consecutive day, while popular social media platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook experienced disruptions.

These measures were taken to control the spread of potentially misleading information and to ensure public safety during a sensitive period.

Also Read: Supreme Court Dismisses PTI’s Petition Challenging Imran Khan’s Arrest

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