CIEs begin: A levels exams commenced today after a week of protests by students and a court plea, which was dismissed on Friday. The Sindh High Court dismissed the case to cancel exams and it was decided that CIEs would go as scheduled with strict imposition of SOPs. A levels exams have started today, while the O levels exams will commence on May 10th.
SOP violations: As soon as the morning exams started today, social media flooded with pictures and videos of how dangerous the situation inside exam halls was and how massive congregations of people waited outside exam halls. Students and others expressed fear and anger at how mismanaged the situation was and pleaded to the government that it is still not too late.
Reaction: Many politicians criticised the situation including Jibran Nasir who criticised the environment of the exam halls being centrally air conditioned and compared how these halls are the same ones where weddings are banned. He also shed light on how the government failed to think of congregations by people who come to pick students up and how this can lead to further spread of the virus.
The education minister, Shafqat Mahmood denied these pictures and videos as ‘fake’ and called the effort of these ‘nobodies’ failed and referred to these posts as ‘publicity stunts’.