Education authorities in Punjab have announced new dates for exams which were postponed from May 10 to 12 as violent protests gripped the country in the wake of the arrest of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan .
The Punjab Higher Education Department (PHED) said the exams – conducted by nine different boards in the province – would now be held from May 17 to 19.
According to the PHED, exams for Qur’an translation and ethics would be held on May 17, chemistry and general sciences on May 18, and Islamiat – religious education and Islamiat – Dars-e-Nizami on May 19.
New roll-number slips for the deferred exams would be uploaded on the respective council’s website, the PHED said, adding that students could also take the exams on their old roll-number slips.
The authority advised students to go to their predetermined exam centers on the new dates.
If violent protests erupted across the country after the arrest of PTI Chairman Khan on May 9, the Punjab government called in the army and imposed Section 144 to ban gatherings, rallies, sit-ins and protests of all kinds.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has suspended mobile broadband services and revoked access to social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Subsequently, the education authorities in Punjab postponed exams and closed schools, colleges and universities.
The British Council also canceled all Cambridge International, Pearson, University of London, ACCA and IELTS exams scheduled across Pakistan.
The situation has stabilized somewhat recently following the release of the PTI chief.
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