Cambridge students have taken over Twitter as they demand Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) for their O and A Level exams while asking Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood to resign from his position for putting everyone’s futures at risk.
Twitter has been trending with hashtag #ResignShafqatMahmood as Cambridge students share their concern over O and A Level exams, which have been postponed to the October / November session.
The Federal Government announced that all exams in the country have been cancelled, including the Cambridge O and A Level examination which started on Monday, and postponed until 15 June 2021 in case of local board exams.
The decision was taken due to worsening coronavirus situation in the country and the violation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) that was observed outside the Cambridge examination centers.
Shafqat Mehmood has responded to a student’s query about the 13 months limit for completing their exams in the case of AS Level students and confirmed that he has asked Cambridge to “finish the 13 month limit.”
I have asked Cambridge to finish the 13 month limit https://t.co/7QTtcmiAf0— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) April 27, 2021
However, there is still no confirmation regarding Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) for A2 Level students, who are still being forced to appear for exams by Cambridge during these times when COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire across the country.
University admissions in Pakistan will be aligned for class 12 and A2 who will be taking exams in Oct/Nov. This is to ensure no one loses a year. For A2 who have some compulsion to take exams now, every attempt will be made to provide safe venues. Not more than 50 students— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) April 27, 2021
This has resulted in students taking to social media and asking Shafqat Mehmood to demand Cambridge to allow Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) or else resign from his position of Federal Education Minister for failing the students.
Here are some of the tweets being posted by Cambridge students demanding TAGs:
Gets SAGs for #Pakistan or #ResignShafqatMahmood. For the past 6 weeks you have been ignorant, incompetent and indifferent and every time pressure caught upto you, you lied like you lied today. Dont take dictation from #Cambridge, dictate them our terms.https://t.co/ukRDDmpJs9— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) April 27, 2021
we don’t even want school assessed grades we literally NEED them. why are you not understanding that our lives are at so much risk due to your incompetence and ARROGANCE. You are acting like we have an option but we have no other option.#resignshafqatmahmood#WeWantSAGs pic.twitter.com/4lsLDUYX5i— aleeha (@aleehahussain) April 27, 2021
Y are you all being happy with exams being shifted to Oct:’Nov this option was already available to you don’t be fooled and ask for your right like the rest of the world and ask for SCHOOLS ASSESSED GRADES OR #ResignShafqatMahmood https://t.co/jeVQEXZV5J— Justice for Alevels (@JAlevels) April 27, 2021
no one should be settling for oct nov when we had the option of TAGs. You’re putting more burden on us and you’ve made a MESS of a situation that was already uncertain. #Resignshafqatmahmood— ayaan (@ayaankhawn) April 27, 2021
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