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Cambridge Assessment International Examinations (CAIE), previously CIE, has announced a new timetable for the Pakistani students doing their O-level exams. According to this new schedule, the exam will begin on May 15th.

Cambridge Board Decision

CAIE also released a statement where they stated that AS levels and A-Levels exams will go according to the existing timetable. But as for the O level and IGCSE, the exams will now happen according to the new schedule.

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Cambridge Board has said that they are working closely with the Pakistani Government on ensuring a safe environment for the students so they can attain education during pandemic times.

CAIE said:

“We are pleased to announce that with the help of the government of Pakistan we will be holding all Cambridge International AS & A Levels as timetabled, so that students can progress to the next stage of their education.”

“We are now looking urgently at how best to make this work. We will not switch to school-assessed grades,” vowed the board. It added that they will provide more information to schools next week.

Shafqat Mehmood on CAIE

Yesterday, Shafqat Mahmood, the Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, announced that the board has rescheduled the exams. He also said that the decision will be shared in detail by Cambridge themselves.

The tweet read:

“After detailed discussions, Cambridge has agreed to reschedule ‘O’ level exams to after May 15. Details will be shared later by them. However, ‘A’ and ‘As’ level exams will take place as per the original timetable, following all the SOPs. Wishing everyone success in the exams.”

Change in Decision

This comes as a result of a successful initiative because the Federal Minister had already mentioned its possibility sometime earlier.

This was obviously after he had said that O level exams should happen on the already decided dates just like it was for matric and intermediate students. But then students started calling in.

“Our children are giving [inter and matric] exams under the Pakistani boards, hence the same [rule] will also apply for children giving exams for other boards,” he said, referring to O level and A level students.

In an earlier tweet, he said:

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