Pakistani students are asking exams should be canceled due to coronavirus
Intensely affecting routine life around the globe, coronavirus has caused a 180° shift in the way the world functioned. This sudden change in routine has deeply affected the education sector, with schools and colleges all over the world having to move into online classes and distance learning without much time or proper planning.
Pakistani students have been sitting at home since March 13 when all educational institutions were shut down in the country
Schools and colleges were shut down due to the fear of transmission risk of COVID-19 as the first few cases emerged in Pakistan.
— getPakistan.tv (@getPakistanTV) March 13, 2020
Online classes have proven to be a huge struggle to adapt to in Pakistan
With issues like internet speed, lack of access to proper computers or even internet for those students who belong to remote areas and lack of proper teacher training to adapt to the new model of online learning, the virtual classroom setup in Pakistan has pretty much been a big failure.
We doctors need to learn practically not like this, I cnt understand how this works.
Not all sbjcts can be taught online and these prctice based arent designed to taught online.
When students are ready to sacrifice our precious time then why not you gov? #We_Want_Semester_Break https://t.co/4fNSn2UmX5
— Dr. Muhammad Athar Masood-PT (@MAthar_Masood) March 25, 2020
The Physical class is really the sole platform for best understanding. In here we are facing numerous problems not one. Internet Connection, Speed Lags, Voice Degradation and low quality Education are some of them. Its our right to give us a new Semester.#We_Want_Semester_Break
— Sufyan Abbada (@SufyanAbbada) March 25, 2020
Now, Pakistani students are demanding that board exams be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic
Students from all around Pakistan have come forward against the board exams during this pandemic. They not only expressed concerns regarding the high potential of risk that comes with conducting board exams in a traditional way but also highlighted the fact that with no proper course completion, exams at this challenging time are only going to add to more troubles rather than lead to any fruitful end of a challenging academic year.
#noexams If even a single student goes to the examination hall who is infected with corona virus then all the students are at a risk of getting infected. Health is much more important than the board examination. So its humble request to called off the board exams. pic.twitter.com/Rt56ZaDiof
— MALIK ZAWAR ALI (@ZA_W_AR_X) May 6, 2020
Every year 1.5 lakh students appeared in board exams just thought if 1 got infected in a centre he cam effect 200 to 300 students and they will infect their families #noexams. @Shafqat_Mahmood @ImranKhanPTI
— Abdulrehman (@Abdulre65281609) May 5, 2020
Pakistani students also said that it’s absurd to take exams when the coronavirus is ravaging the world and causing massive economic and healthcare issues to deal with
According to students, the focus of the Government should be on building a healthcare system that can deal with the ever increasing numbers of patients and focus on safely rebuilding the economy, instead of taking exams when online classes have basically been useless to complete the academic year.
— Malaika Zaynab (@TEAIS_FANTASTIC) May 6, 2020
Still in Pakistan the no. of cases are increasing day by day.
They are not doing anything for welfare of youth. In the whole world all types of exams are cancelled but our government is not taken any serious desicion till now.#noexams pic.twitter.com/v0PjcKmb4m
— Anas Ali (@anasali_18) May 6, 2020
Pakistani students also highlighted that exams in coronavirus-hit times would have made sense when online classes had actually happened properly
In their current state, online learning has been deemed useless as it hasn’t helped adapt teachers to utilize the new technology properly thereby giving no benefit to the careers or knowledge of these students.
— Zeeshan Khan (@ZsHaN_ZK) May 6, 2020
— SAAD (@Imranist_01) May 6, 2020
Students are demanding that they should be promoted to the next classes without any exams as other international examination bodies have done
With the Cambridge International Exams having come up with a mechanism to allow students to be given grades considering the unprecedented times, Pakistani students are demanding that the HEC also come up with something similar to gauge the academic qualifications of students in Pakistan in these times.
No results will be given on the basis of previous results. They should find the average of the class for example 68% is the average of first year just add up 5% grace marks and promote.#NoExams
— Haha. (@heydayyyyyyy) May 4, 2020
be to Promote Class 9th and 11th without giving them any Grades while Class 10th and 12th should be given grades on the basis of their previous classes grades plus a specific Grace percentage. In this they will be able to apply in colleges and universities.
— Rafay Khan khattak (@KhattakRafay) May 6, 2020
Of course, there are those students who couldn’t help but meme the situation to cope with trying to understand it all
— Truelivin'💫 (@0a2g7) May 6, 2020
— Har¡s😈🌟 (@_HarisMukhtar) May 6, 2020
Students expressed how they were concerned that the Government was being very non-serious with their lives
Le government: pic.twitter.com/L8pq9qwEtD
— _.Hanñìià👑🇵🇰 (@curi_hay) May 6, 2020
When someone asks @Shafqat_Mahmood about the decision of IBCC meeting .
He be like : 👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/vnZQ2gQ69w
— Huzaifa Khan (@HuzaifaKhanKha4) May 4, 2020
Well, a large number of students in Pakistan are adamant against exams being taken during this pandemic but officials have yet to make a definitive announcement on the matter.
Do you support the possibility of canceling exams for this year? Let us know in the comments below.
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