Thousands of students face the risk of not being allowed to pursue further education after receiving 33 percent passing marks in their exams. This is due to the fact that most institutions in the country need students to have a minimum of 45 percent in inter exams in order to get admitted.
Due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) enacted the Promotion Examination Policy 2021.
The tests for matric and inter were only made up of elective courses under the regime. The scores earned in choice subjects were distributed proportionally in compulsory subjects, with an additional 5% bonus. The policy also compelled all educational boards to award passing grades to all students, regardless of their exam performance.
As a result, 2021 saw record-breaking matric and inter results. While hundreds of students obtained full scores and thousands received unexpectedly high grades, a huge number of pupils received the minimum passing mark of 33 percent despite poor exam performance.
Prof. Dr. Saeeduddin, Chairman Sindh Board Committee of Chairmen (SBCC) and Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), stated in this regard that 33 percent passing marks are useless for millions of students since they cannot apply to any university.
Although such pupils would be considered literate, they would wind up working in low-wage positions since they would lack the necessary higher education degrees to obtain high-wage jobs
In the future, if a similar policy is required due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Chairman BIEK and SBCC advised the IPEMC to set the criteria of minimal passing grades equivalent to the minimum marks required by universities.