O’Level exams begins with 5,955 Maldivian students

Sharafuddin School students doing O'level exams today | Photo: Sharafuddin School

Maldives – This years O’Level exams started today with 5,995 student sitting the exam and will end on June 11.

5,955 students are sitting for O’Level exams in 235 centers across the country. Education Ministry stated that these include 22 centers in Malé with 2,196 students, and 213 centers in atolls with 3,759 students.

Education Ministry stated that the centers were fully prepared for the exams and that isolated settings were available, for students who were tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation or quarantine to sit for their exams.

The guidelines set by the Department of Public Examinations (DPE) states that students in isolation in Malé will be brought to their respective halls by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and DPE, with the help of Education Supervision and Quality Improvement Division (ESQID). Students in quarantine will be brought to and from their exam hall by their parent, strictly following HPA guidelines. The isolated students in other islands will be brought to the exam halls by task forces in the islands.

Covid-19 pandemic has affected the education system in Maldives in many ways. For instance, the academic year of 2020 is set to finish in this year June. Therefore, the October/November 2020 O’Level exams were also postponed to this year.