Government Announces to Skip Some Subjects for Matric and Inter Exams

On Wednesday, the government reduced the yearly board exams component to merely optional topics for the Matriculation and the Intermediate Examinations next month.

At a press conference, Federal Minister for Education and Career Training (Shafqat Mahmood) announced the decision to lower the curriculum component to let students take exams scheduled for commencement throughout Pakistan following 10 July.

The government is resolved to undertake these tests following the cancellation last year of the board examination because of the pandemic. In the case of new coronaviruses, the authorities responsible have considered the reduction in the numbers of vaccines in Pakistan.

The examination boards in the provinces conduct the matriculation and intermediate examinations and split the subjects into the obligatory topics Urdu, English, Islamiat, Pakistan and, in particular, arts and science.

Minister Mahmood noted that "the mark rate of students in optional fields is also assigned in proportion to the [compulsory] field in which examinations are not conducted."

"Students genuinely complain that their courses are not finished. The kids were unable to pay attention to their academics due to the shutdown of schools. Most pupils only have two months before the examinations," he said.

However, Minister Mahmood emphasised that tests were required to reduce learning losses.