The Federal Ministry of Education has authorized Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) to conduct O and A level examinations directly in schools in Pakistan, under which Cambridge Assessment International Education will now be able to conduct examinations without the British Council as a model . .
These exams will be conducted in 10 schools across Pakistan next year in May/June 2023. This was approved in a meeting chaired by Federal Additional Secretary for Education Waseem Ajmal on Wednesday.
Chairman Intermediate Board Karachi Dr Saeeduddin, Chairman Sindh Technical Board Dr Masroor Sheikh, Chairman Lahore Education Board Dr Mirza Habib, Chairman Federal Board Dr Qaisaralam, Chairman Peshawar Board Professor Nasrullah, Chairman Agha Khan Board Dr Shahzad Jeeva, Secretary IBCC Dr Ghulam Ali Malah and Cambridge Pakistan Manager Uzmi Yusuf and her team attended the meeting.
During the meeting, Cambridge was asked when it would hold the exams directly in the schools. It was also observed that if the exam centers were not set up in five-star hotels, students should get a 30-50% discount on exam fees.
At the meeting, it was said that transparency should be maintained in school exam centers and that supervisors and proctors should be external.
Uzma Yousuf, Cambridge Pakistan’s manager, wrote to IBCC officials, saying Cambridge Assessment was working in partnership with the British Council to manage operations in Pakistan. However, in the rest of the world, Cambridge works directly with schools to deliver its qualifications, as well as some associates such as the British Council. Worldwide, 30% of exam applications are received through the British Council, while 70% are through the direct model or through other associates.
She said they were aiming to move to the same model of working directly with some schools in Pakistan to deliver our exams. She said they plan to launch this model with a pilot of 10 schools across Pakistan with the first exams to be conducted under this model in May/June 2023. These 10 schools are Beaconhouse Margalla Campus, Islamabad, Beaconhouse PECHS Campus, Karachi, Beaconhouse Defense Campus, Lahore, The City School, Capital Campus, Islamabad, The City School, Ravi Campus, Lahore, The City School, PAF Chapter, Karachi, Aitchison College, Lahore, Karachi Grammar School, Karachi, Lahore Grammar School, Defense Campus, Lahore and Roots School System, Islamabad.
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