Angry Pakistani Students Are Now Asking Shafqat Mahmood To Resign For Postponing O/A Level Exams

By Sana Yasmeen | 28 Apr, 2021

Pakistani students asking Shafqat Mahmood to resign for postponing their exams

With a rapid resurgence in COVID-19 infections in the region many Pakistani students were understandably stressed. Unlike every other country in the region, the Government had refused to cancel O/A Level exams, saying that proper SOPs will be followed. However as the first day of the exams started it soon became clear that, as everyone was saying, no SOPs were followed. So in a quick and hasty decision, the Government took yet another u-turn decision.


In a press conference, yesterday, Minister of Education Shafqat Mahmood announced that all exams were being postponed till at least June 15, 2021

There have been exceptions made for students who are concerned about missing out on an academic year to continue taking the exams with the caveat that every exam hall will have no more than 50 students.

The exams for matriculation and intermediate students were also postponed.


The hasty decision has led to a lot of obvious confusion and chaos among students who are enraged enough to demand that Shafqat Mahmood resign from his position for mishandling the situation

The latest announcement regarding the CAIE exams brought with itself massive criticism and the demand for School assessed grades, as was the case last year, instead of having the exams postponed. Many students took to social media to strongly express their concerns on the subject.


Demands for Mr. Shafqat Mahmood to resign grew so intense that they have been a top trending topic on social media ever since the press conference yesterday

shafqat mahmood resign trending
Via Twitter


Voices like that of lawyer and politician Jibran Nasir also played their part in showing solidarity with the students


There are concerns that forcing students to take exams with a delay instead of giving school assessed grades to keep up with the rest of the world in the academic year will cost Pakistani students a whole academic year in comparison to their world counterparts

With the ridiculously high stress of living through distressing times like these, students in Pakistan are also facing the terrifying pressure and fear of having to take exams while battling severe health crisis and their future. One can only hope that good sense will prevail among those in power and a better decision can be made that would not put the future and time of our students at risk.

What do you think about the demands for Minister Shafqat Mahmood to resign? Let us know about what you think in the comments below.


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