Govt allows ‘O’, ‘A’ level exams
Published: 07:57 PM, 27 September 2020
The government has allowed taking ‘O’ and ‘A’ level exams in October and November for the English medium students conditionally.
The Department of Secondary and Higher Education of the Ministry of Education has recently sent a letter of approval to the Council's Country Director following a request from the British Council.
The British Council had on September 6 applied to the Ministry of Education to take 'O' and 'A' level examinations.
Following the approval, the British Council said in a press release on Sunday that the GCSE, IGCSE, 'O' Level and International 'A' Level examinations for October-November 2020 would be taken up on a pre-announced schedule.
The May-June exams for English medium students were canceled worldwide due to the coronavirus epidemic.
It said the Ministry of Education had agreed to conduct 'O' and 'A' level examinations from October 1 to November 23 under the auspices of the British Council.
The Ministry of Education has said that a maximum of 1,800 candidates can be tested every day at 35 venues across the country and each student has to sit at a distance of at least six feet.
The letter said the government could revoke the permission to take the test in the "public interest" at any time considering the situation.
"If a candidate is infected with coronavirus during the test, the British Council will have to bear the responsibility," it said.
According to the British Council, about 5,200 students registered in July-August to take part in their October-November exams. The UK Exam Board will evaluate the candidates on the basis of the test only, without qualification related to art and design in this test.