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O' Levels to commence in April: DPE

Ahmed Aiham
24 November 2020, MVT 10:52
A student visits Iskandhar School in capital city Male' amid GCE O' level examinations in 2019. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
24 November 2020, MVT 10:52

Department of Public Examination (DPE) announced that GCE O' level examinations were now scheduled to commence on April, as a result of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Education initially postponed the examinations, originally scheduled for October and November 2020, to May and June 2021.

The first O' Level paper is planned for April 14, with the last paper scheduled for June 11.

The Education Ministry previously stated that all students across the country scheduled to take their examinations will remain enrolled in their respective schools until the exams have concluded.

In order to tackle the strain on school resources resulting from the delay, the Social Council of the President’s Office has scheduled the beginning of the 2021 Academic Year in the middle of the year instead of January.

Relevant authorities will hold discussions on whether to permanently alter the academic calendar. The ministry assured that any changes would be announced to the public swiftly.

The closure of schools, universities and training facilities was one of the first measures implemented by the government after declaring a state of public health emergency on March 12.

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