The British Council has decided to cancel all examinations that were scheduled to take place in Pakistan on May 11 (Thursday) due to the ongoing violent protests triggered by the arrest of Imran Khan, the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
In light of the situation unfolding in the country, the British Council issued a statement on Wednesday, announcing the cancellation of various exams across Pakistan. This includes Cambridge International examinations such as O-level and A-level, Pearson, University of London, ACCA, and IELTS exams.
Khuuram Shah, the accounts relationship manager of the British Council, confirmed that all morning and evening papers slated for Thursday have been cancelled nationwide.
Arslan Siddiqui, the spokesperson for Cambridge International Assessment, explained that cancelled papers are not rescheduled, as this is a standard practice observed worldwide. He clarified that an examination paper typically consists of two parts, and marks for the cancelled papers will be awarded based on the performance in the first paper and other assessments.
Uzma Yusuf, Cambridge International’s Country Director for Pakistan, emphasized that the exams were cancelled in order to prioritize the safety of students and teachers.
Additionally, the British Council had previously cancelled all papers scheduled for May 10 (today) due to the uncertain situation following the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan. This decision was made after private schools announced the closure of educational institutions. The exams that were supposed to take place on Wednesday, in both morning and evening sessions, were also included in the cancellation.