The uncertainty has prevailed across the globe. The education sector has been brought to a halt abruptly without any direction or plan Bs. This has greatly impacted the final semester/year students who were supposed to graduate this summer. HEC, keeping in mind this problem has decided to consider reopening the universities for the conduction of exams. Even though Mr. Shafqat Mehmood, the Federal Minister for Education, has previously stated that educational institutions are to remain closed till July 15, however, universities and HEC were free to make a decision of their own.
The government, while canceling board exams at Matric and Intermediate levels, has not restricted universities from doing so. We believe this could be due to the following reasons:
- The number of applicants in board exams is way more than in university exams and maintaining social distancing measures in halls is very difficult.
- The halls are limited for board exams and more students are to be placed next to each other, whereas in university exams can be scheduled flexibly, utilizing all the space provided while keeping a safe distance.
- The difference in maturity level of university and school cannot be neglected either. Being more reliable and responsible, university students can adhere to the strict rules while sitting for the exams.
Even though the decision is not final, it is good to know HEC is looking at options at the moment. The final decision will be made soon and authorities will be informed for making necessary arrangements.