Matric exams postponed in Karachi

KARACHI: For the safety of students amid the upcoming heat conditions, the Karachi Secondary Education Board (BSEK) has decided to delay the ninth grade and matriculation examinations, initially set for May 21-27, as reported by ARY News this Monday.

An official announcement revealed that this precautionary measure follows heatwave warnings from both the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA).

“Examinations are now set to resume on May 28, 2024. The Board will communicate a new timetable for the deferred exams at a later date,” the statement clarified. 

This postponement decision was made following a similar adjustment by the Intermediate Education Board Karachi (BIEK), which delayed its examinations by five days due to the harsh weather conditions.

Originally scheduled for May 22, the intermediate exams are now slated to commence on May 27.

Warning of Extreme Heat

Residents have been enduring an intense heatwave that has overtaken Karachi lately and the upcoming days are forecast to witness a notable increase in temperature.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department has forecast that several cities in the country could face as many as three heatwaves over the following 25 days.

Due to a high-pressure system overhead, numerous regions, particularly in Punjab and Sindh, could face extreme heat beginning May 21, with a significant surge in temperatures expected from May 23 to May 27.

It is expected that daytime temperatures will surpass the average by 4 to 6 degrees Celsius in Sindh and Punjab from May 21 to 23. An extreme 6 to 8°C rise is anticipated from May 23 to May 27.

In other regions, including Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Balochistan, temperatures during the day are expected to be higher than usual by about four to 6°C throughout May 21-27.

The advisory urges all relevant agencies to maintain vigilance and adopt the necessary precautions to mitigate the impact of the expected heatwave spells.

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