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KARACHI: Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani on Thursday announced dates for matric and intermediate exams for all boards across the province.

According to a schedule issued by the Government of Sindh College Education Department, the intermediate exams will begin from July 26 across the province.

Similarly, the matriculation exams will begin from July 5. Grade 9 and 11 examinations would be taken after the HSC-II examinations and assessment. “Examination of HSC will be taken in only elective subjects,” reads the notification.

The duration of papers will be 2 hours while the paper pattern will contain 50% MCQs, 30% short answers and 20% long answers. No practicals of HSC and SSC will be conducted.

The government has declared vaccination of all teaching staff and non-teaching staff mandatory.

It is to be noted that earlier on June 2 the federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced that matric and intermediate exams would begin after July 10 across the country.

Briefing media about the decisions taken in Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) the education minister Shafqat Mahmood had once again cleared that no student will be promoted to the next class without examinations this year.

“Exams for students of classes nine and 10 would be held only for mathematics and elective subjects this year,” he said and added that exams for students of classes 11 and 12 would be held for elective subjects only.