Earlier this month, artists and activists called out Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood for endangering the lives of students by not cancelling CAIE exams.
While Pakistan and the rest of the world battle the unforgiving third wave of coronavirus, Mahmood reiterated on Sunday that A, AS, O level and IGCSE exams will take place as per the date sheet announced by the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) and there will be no delays or cancellations.
Soon after the announcement, the Ghalat Fehmi crooner Asim Azhar took to Twitter and asked the minister to be mindful of the students.
Abhi bhi waqt hai, bacho pe tars khaalain @Shafqat_Mahmood 🙏🏽— Asim Azhar (@AsimAzharr) April 18, 2021
"Abhi bhi waqt hai, bacho pe tars khaalain (please have mercy on the students, there's still time)," Azhar wrote, adding, "Who will be responsible if kids take covid back to their homes just so they could appear in exams? Shafqat Mahmood, sir?"
Who will be responsible if kids take covid back to their homes just so they could appear in exams? @Shafqat_Mahmood sir?— Asim Azhar (@AsimAzharr) April 18, 2021
Previously, Azhar had tweeted, “Sir, it would be unfair to hold exams in such circumstances! Please find a solution #ExamCancelHoga.”
In another tweet, he had added, “Students have really been disturbed due to the ongoing pandemic causing the institutes to close and open again and again. I personally know some students that haven’t been able to complete their syllabuses as well. Please kuch karain aur bacho ka saath dain [do something, help the students].”
And while addressing the students, Azhar confessed that he understands their pain because if he wasn’t a full-time musician, he’d most certainly be going through the same stress. “I understand your stress and pain, guys. Agar abhi music nahi kar raha hota tou mai bhi ro raha hota exams ko leke iss waqt so I understand. And I am sure Shafqat Mahmood will stand with the youth and find the best solution possible, InshaAllah.”
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