Students giving exam. File photo
The nine-day province-wide lockdown in Sindh starting today (Saturday) in view of the aggravating pandemic situation will also affect ongoing board examinations as all such exams until August 8 will be held at some later date.
The government has completely banned all public gatherings at educational institutes, and training and coaching centres. Following the provincial government orders, the Sindh Board of Technical Education (SBTE) suspended the annual exams 2021 for the diploma of associate engineering till August 8. In this regard, the SBTE has already issued a notification circulated in respective organisations, technical education centres and examination centres.
Meanwhile, the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science, and Technology (Fuuast), two campuses of which are located in Karachi, has also issued a notification in the pursuance of the provincial government orders.
The Fuuast acting registrar through a circular has instructed the staffers and teachers to suspend on-campus academic activities. However, the varsity could call any of the teaching and non-teaching staffers for essential services.
The registrar also clarified that online exams of the varsity would be taken as per schedule. The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has also reportedly postponed the practical examinations for the Secondary School Certificate Annual Examinations 2021. The BSEK, however, has not issued any notification in this regard.
The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has suspended the first phase of the Higher Secondary School Certificate Annual Examinations till August 8. The universities and boards department directed all the educational boards, degree-awarding institutes, technical education centres, vice chancellors and directorates to suspend the ongoing exams. “All scheduled examinations from July 31 to August 8 of public and private sector universities, degree awarding institutes, and educational boards which come under the administrative control of the universities and boards department are postponed. New schedule of the examinations will be announced later on.”