What Happened: O and A level students from all over the country have been protesting for months to cancel the Cambridge International Examinations set to take place in May and June. Prominent individuals, such as activist Jibran Nasir and musician Asim Azhar, have been frequently vocal regarding the issue. The former helped the movement organise and present a case in front of the Sindh High Court, whose decision is now being awaited. A similar situation has developed in India as well, where the court ruled in favour of the students and cancelled the exams.
The context: Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood has been adamant that the CIE examinations take place. The Cambridge board allowed governments to make the decision to go ahead with physical exams or switch to teacher evaluations, as they did last year, depending on the COVID severity in each participating state. Our government chose the former option. Since then, students have consistently struggled for a reversal, by taking to social media.