The government decided on Monday to pass all the students of classes X and XII, because of the prevailing coronavirus situation, as the fourth wave of the pandemic continued with the number of active cases still maintaining a high level of more than 90,000.
The decision to pass the Matric and Intermediate students was taken during an inter-provincial meeting of education ministers, chaired by Federal Minister Shafqat Mahmood. It was noted that because of the pandemic the re-examinations of the failing students were no longer possible in near future.
The final exams for the students were held between May and July. “The meeting decided that due to the Coronavirus situation, immediate re-examinations will not be possible and the students who failed would be given a discounted 33 marks,” said an announcement.
The meeting also decided that Matric and Intermediate exams would be conducted twice a year. And the second examinations would not be called as supplementary exams. Sources said that next Matric exams would be conducted in May-June and the new academic year would begin in August.
The announcement comes as the authorities started the coronavirus vaccination of 15-year-olds from Monday. “Teens below the age of 18 will have to produce their B-Form for registration,” Parliamentary Secretary for Health Dr Nausheen Hamid said.
In an interview, Dr Hamid said that the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), which supervised the government’s anti-Covid strategy, had already approved the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine for children between the age of 15 and 18 years.
About the prevailing pandemic situation, Dr Hamid said that the national positivity ratio of the infection was still high, but the medical experts were of the view that once the country got the herd immunity the number of cases would come down to a considerable level.
Meanwhile, the NCOC said in its daily update that the national tally of active Covid-19 cases came down to 90,545 on Monday, as 2,988 more people tested positive for the deadly virus while 3,391 people made full recovery during the past 24 hours. The national positivity ratio was 5.62%.
It was the first time since July 23, the single-day tally of fresh Covid cases fell below the 3,000 level. Among the active cases, the NCOC said 5,425 patients were admitted in various Covid-dedicated health facilities across the country, including 5,066 in critical condition.
The forum also said that 67 patients, 62 of whom were under treatment in hospitals, including 24 on ventilators, died during the past 24 hours, raising the nationwide death toll from the disease to 26,787. Most of the deaths, 26, occurred in Sindh followed by 20 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).
As of Monday, the national caseload of the infectious disease since it first emerged in the country in February 2020 rose to 1,207,508, of whom 1,090,176 people have fully recovered which depicted a significant recovery ratio of more than 90%.
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