In case Board exams are canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Sindh education authorities will use an average mark awarding formula for matriculation and intermediate students.
During a meeting of the Inter Board Committee of Chairman (IBCC) this decision was taken. The meeting was organized to discuss the way ahead amidst the ongoing coronavirus situation. Representatives of 7 education boards in Sindh attended the meeting.
The feasibility of conducting examinations amid the lockdown was discussed. It was agreed upon that conducting exams with physical distancing protocols will be a huge task for each and every exam center. If the physical distancing protocols are followed than the number of centers would have to double with more resources. It would be quite a challenge for the education department.
It was agreed in the meeting that if the exams get postponed, the exam duration will be shortened to just one hour or one and a half. Only objective paper would be given to the students based on multiple-choice questions (MCQs).
But if it get impossible to conduct exams then the students will be given average marks based on their results of their previous classes, 9th and 11th respectively. Also, they will be awarded 5% grace marks.
The Ministry of Education was sent this decision for approval. In the meeting of the education department’s Steering Committee the final decision in this regard will be taken.
The chairmen of Sindh Technical Board, Board of Intermediate Education Karachi, Matriculation Board Karachi, and Board of Matriculation and Intermediate Education Hyderabad. Representatives of the Board of Matriculation and Intermediate Education Sukkur, Larkana, and chairmen of Mirpur Khas attended the meeting. The meeting took place via a video call.