Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) students across the country have taken to the streets, demanding cancellation of the upcoming May/June 2021 exam series.
Students have argued that the government had announced the closure of all educational institutions in cities with a high prevalence of Coronavirus till April 11.
However, on the other hand, the government has also allowed CAIE to organize exams, putting their lives at risk from contracting the viral infection as the country continues to grapple with a deadly third wave of Coronavirus.
CAIE students have also registered their protest on social media platforms as #CIECancellationIsOurRight has become the top trend on Twitter.
Let’s have a look at some of the top tweets from the trend.
Risking out students lives in the name of education demonstrates the level of stupidity of our government. Education can be continued once stopped. A heart once stopped, a life once gone, there is no continuation of life.
— kratos (@kratos21597) March 29, 2021
— احد علی (@ahadalimalik7) March 29, 2021
@Shafqat_Mahmood as a student and the future generation of Pakistan i request my CIE exam to be cancelled as its the best possible solution to this scenario, Its better we stay home rather than risking our lives by giving exams #CIECancellationIsOurRight
— Bilal Awan (@bilal_awan17) March 29, 2021
In pakistan daily cases are above 4000 still CIES aren't cancelled whereas
In qatar 580 cases of daily caused them to cancel CIE isn't it 1/8th of vase in Pakistan still hey cancelled as they care about thier future@Shafqat_Mahmood#CIECancellationIsOurRight pic.twitter.com/QogqT5jrLL
— Hammad (@Hammad14233706) March 29, 2021
— cupcake (@cutecakie) March 29, 2021
Qatar, Bahrian. Bangladesh, UK, and 10 more countries have cancelled their CIEs on 900-1500 cases and here we have 4500+ cases reported everyday and exams are still being held and the Pakistani board had 60% of their syllabus cut out. @Shafqat_Mahmood #CIECancellationIsOurRight
— randompotato (@rottenpotato110) March 29, 2021
So @GovtofPakistan thinks by harassing students they can achieve their targets keep this bare in your mind @Shafqat_Mahmood @DrMuradPTI our only demand is cancellation of Cambridge examination and we won’t bend down towards this cruelty pic.twitter.com/IQNXjnb87b
— Ch Maaz Zahid (@ChMaazZahid1) March 29, 2021
If they are delaying local board exam why cambridge board exam cant delay I think they are human and we are not You guys are playing with our life sending us to examination hall in this situation where corona is at peak @CambridgeInt@CTurnerFCDO
— Muhammad Aaliyan (@Muhamma27429409) March 29, 2021
Earlier today, Federal Education Minister, Shafqat Mahmood, tweeted that O-level and IGCSE exams will start from 10 May. The CAIE exams were previously due to begin on May 15.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) CAIE, Christine Ozden, had personally requested the Education Minister to allow CAIE to start the May/June exam series from 10 May instead of 15 May.
Last year, CAIE had canceled May/June exam series worldwide because of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, this year, it canceled the May/June exam series in only 10 countries and decided to hold in-person exams in the remaining countries including Pakistan.