Lahore, 27th April: Students in Pakistan are once again protesting against the latest announcement made by the education ministry.
A while back, the government made the announcement to cancel all ongoing exams amid the increasing number of coronavirus cases across the country.
However, the announcement included that the Cambridge exams for O-level students will now be taken in the Oct/Nov session this year.
Exams For A2 Students
But the A-level students have been given the conditional option to either give their exams in Oct/Nov or continue with the ongoing schedule.
On the other hand, the A2 students have been demanding to get the Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) just like the last year when the pandemic was in full bloom.
This year, however, Cambridge rejected to grant the Teacher Assessed Grades to Pakistani students.
Following which, students in the country raised their voice, and expressed concern over why our government was not able to get the teacher assessed grades for students.
Social Media Outrage
There is a huge outrage on social networking website Twitter, where the A2 students have demanded resignation from the Federal Minister for Education, Shafqat Mahmood.
One dissatisfied user asked why teacher-assessed grades were not opted for so that students’ time, money and effort are not wasted.
Why does Shafqat Mehmood wants Pakistani students to suffer? Teacher Assesed Grades (Tags) should be given to Pakistan students so that their time, money and effort is not wasted.
— ༺M/HDR༻ (@MHDR88338704) April 27, 2021
Another wrote, “no one should be settling for oct nov when we had the option of TAGs. You’re putting more burden on us and you’ve made a MESS of a situation that was already uncertain. #Resignshafqatmahmood.”
no one should be settling for oct nov when we had the option of TAGs. You’re putting more burden on us and you’ve made a MESS of a situation that was already uncertain. #Resignshafqatmahmood
— ayaan (@ayaankhawn) April 27, 2021
A group called ‘Justice For Alevels’ posted a while ago, “I don’t know why people are celebrating option of withdrawal was already there we want schools assessed grades otherwise.”
— Justice for Alevels (@JAlevels) April 27, 2021
A user shared an image and said that in countries where exams can not take place, School Assessed Grades (SAGs) are given to students so they can progress despite the impact of a pandemic. But here in Pakistan, it’s the opposite.
— Abdul Moid🌻 (@AbdulMoid21) April 27, 2021
A petition is circulating on social media demanding Shafqat Mahmood’s resignation.
Your incompetence cost us much already and u just made it worse. A2s will face grade inflation. AS bound to not go abroad for a degree and O2s will juggle with their Alevel & Olevel course. @CambridgeInt @BritishCouncil#ShafqatDestroysOurCareers#Resignshafqatmahmood#wewantTAGs pic.twitter.com/YDRhTl0Xiy
— Shiza (@__shiza__) April 27, 2021
It is pertinent to mention here that many countries including India, Bangladesh, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Britain, Qatar and many more have cancelled the Cambridge exams due to the coronavirus pandemic and shifted to the Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) system.
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