The Sindh Education Department on Thursday announced that the exams for grade 12 will be held from July 25, while matric exams will be conducted from July 5, for which a notification has been issued.
According to a notification issued in this regard, the exams for the intermediate first year will take place after the conclusion of the grade 12 exams.
As per the earlier decision of the government, examinations will only be held for the elective subjects, while practical exams will not be conducted.
Sindh Minister for Education Saeed Ghani said that the exam will be based on a 60 % condensed syllabus, while the duration of the exams will be two hours.
The minister said that the exam paper will be based on 50% MCQs, 30% short questions, and 20% long questions.
Earlier, The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE Lahore) has announced the date for Matric and Intermediate exams. According to local media, the exams of Matric and Intermediate will take place on July 14 and June 26 respectively.
The BISE controller had asked the staff that will be responsible for administering the tests to get themselves vaccinated.
"We have advised the examination staff to keep their vaccination certificates with themselves," he said.
As per the Lahore Board of Secondary Education, preparations for exams are in the final phase and candidates will soon be issued roll number slips.
According to an official notification from the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (Peira), all educational institutions have been reopened for students of class 10th and 12th, who will attempt their board exams.
As per the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE), the examination of class 12th will start on June 24 and that of class 10th on June 23.
Federal Minister for Education and Vocational Training Shafqat Mahmood has announced that examinations will be held this year while only exams of optional subjects will be taken.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Shafqat Mahmood said that all decisions were taken by the inter-provincial education ministers meeting which emerged as an active body and all decisions were taken unanimously as to when the educational institutions would be closed and reopened.
He said that it was not easy for any government to close educational institutions. Decisions regarding educational institutions were taken in consultation with all the provinces while in case of an epidemic, the decision to reopen educational institutions was not easy.
"Most of our students are the ones who study in the last two and a half months before the exam. We have all been students, so everyone knows that when the exam was approaching, the study would start, not before," he said.
He said that the decisions of the four provinces and federal units were taken unanimously and jointly and therefore it was possible to make the right decisions in difficult situations.
Shafqat Mahmood said that it has been decided that exams must be taken this year.
The Education Minister announced that the 9th and 10th class examinations will be held in elective subjects and mathematics while the 11th and 12th class examinations will also be held in elective subjects only.
He further said that the examinations would now be held from July 10 instead of June 24, while the first would be Inter and then Matriculation papers.
The Minister of Education said that there are many reasons for not giving grades without examination, the biggest reason being that the most transparent test is for external examinations because otherwise there is bias, a teacher in a school gives marks more flexibly.
He said that people give the example of England but now news has come that parents have started suing because they object to the grades awarded by the school but people do not object to external examination.
The Education Minister said that the boards have also been asked to keep a breakdown amongst the examinations so that the children can have adequate time to prepare.