It comes after the nation has seen unrest up to now week, as former prime minister Imran Khan was arrested on Might 9, then subsequently launched after the nation’s supreme court docket dominated his detention was unlawful.
The exams cancelled embody British Council, Pearson, College of London and Cambridge Worldwide. IELTS exams have been cancelled on Might 10 and 11, however no particular point out of them was made by British Council as of Might 12.
The British Council tweeted that because of the “ongoing state of affairs” in Pakistan they’d be cancelling “all exams”.
It’s the third day in a row that the examination centres have been closed.
Because of the ongoing state of affairs within the nation, we’ve cancelled all Cambridge Worldwide, Pearson & College of London exams scheduled throughout Pakistan on Friday 12 Might.
We’re speaking with affected candidates through faculties and with personal candidates straight. pic.twitter.com/mUgpQDthxQ
— British Council Pakistan (@pkBritish) May 11, 2023
The tweet states that communication with “affected candidates” can also be ongoing, however some replies to the tweet present that for some candidates this hasn’t been the case – one reply stated “you may have stated the identical factor just a few hours in the past”.
A pupil wrote beneath the tweet, “And therefore, all my hardwork [sic] went down the drain. CAIE ought to grant the grades of potential college students after surveying their progress from faculties.”
In response to The PIE’s request for remark, Cambridge Worldwide stated the “tough resolution of cancelling” exams was taken after discussions with companions and the British Council.
Khan’s arrest and the following back-walking by the court docket has triggered his supporters to flood the streets of Islamabad and different cities – some protests, based on reviews, have turn out to be violent.
“Now we have a transparent responsibility of care in direction of our college students, companions and employees to prioritise their security,” Cambridge Worldwide’s spokesperson stated.
In response to Aljazeera, almost a dozen individuals have been killed.
Regardless of the order for his arrest on Might 9 and subsequent launch simply two days later, Khan was ordered to remain on the police constructing in a single day “for his personal security”, however was allowed to convey 10 individuals to stick with him within the amenities.
Regardless of the ruling that his arrest was unlawful, the protests are ongoing. He was initially arrested whereas showing in entrance of the nation’s excessive court docket on corruption prices.
Earlier within the week, British Council Pakistan needed to dispel confusion amongst candidates after native channels reported that the exams initially scheduled for Might 10 can be rescheduled on Might 11 and 12.
Some headlines on native information channels have reported that exams scheduled for 10 Might have been rescheduled to 11 and 12 Might. This information is inaccurate. pic.twitter.com/Szp2n0r6Mt
— British Council Pakistan (@pkBritish) May 10, 2023
“Though the exams scheduled on 10,11 and 12 Might have been cancelled, Cambridge has a well-established ‘particular consideration’ course of to subject outcomes when some exams are cancelled. We’re working to agree the subsequent steps and can talk detailed info to our faculties as quickly as doable.
“We’re actively monitoring the state of affairs with our companions and are sharing info with faculties as rapidly as we will,” a spokesperson informed The PIE Information.
The PIE has additionally contacted British Council Pakistan and Pearson for remark.
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