July 5th, 2021
Finals season is undoubtedly the most stressful time for matric and intermediate students across Pakistan. It’s a period where notes are exchanged, lectures are revised and test sessions are in full swing. However with internet penetration increasing in Pakistan and smartphones becoming commonplace among students, it’s no surprise that students have started using the internet in order to aid their academic journey. During the past couple of months the young netizens have maneuvered through changing date sheets, schools closing and reopening and a flurry of announcements by Shafqat Mehmood. We compiled the top google searches by class 9,10, 11 and 12 students to give you a sneak peak of the past few weeks:
The National command and operation centre has been in the spotlight ever since the pandemic hit and was even lauded internationally for its successful control of the virus when compared with other countries in the region. Its effectiveness ties in with schools reopening and exams being held.
Surprised ? You shouldn’t be. Students across Pakistan have been protesting for weeks appealing to BISE to cancel the 2021 exams and instead promote them directly like last year. A common sight is gossip on student groups sharing rumours about exams being postponed indefinitely in order to troll each other. Adding to the humorous nature of this search, ‘dua for success in exam’ was another query that was popular as a contingency plan in case the exams were not cancelled.
With the datesheet and syllabus being revised over and over again there’s no wonder the students felt confused about what they should be preparing for. After much discussion between BISE and the education ministry it was decided that students will be appearing for compulsory subjects only. The date sheet has been released shows class 10 and 12 exams being held before exams for class 9 and 11.
It’s impossible to be a student in Pakistan and not have this name cause a rush of emotions due to the events in the past couple of months. After first being hailed as a saviour for students after the ministry announced the closure of all institutes, he soon switched roles and became the villain as schools were reopened and exams were announced for Matric and Intermediate students. Shafqat Mehmood memes took over social media for weeks.
The ALP syllabus was launched in response to the protests by students who expressed their grief of having to prepare for exams over and over again due to readjustments of the inter and matric exams 2021. Also commonly called the ‘condensed syllabus’ it provided relief to the students by cutting out 20-30% of the course depending on the board. Students in FSc preparing for Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Maths had their morales boosted after this announcement by BISE.
The second most common name in this whole situation has been Murad Raas, an ex member of the provincial assembly and now the minister of senior education in Punjab. He has played a huge rule in policy making and setting timelines for the exams. Twitter has been his go to platform which is why students ofter look towards his tweets for insights into events. Similar searches included “Murad Raas tweets”, “Education ministry twitter” and “BISE twitter”.
Last of all students are concerned about any news coming out regarding the matric and intermediate exams. As of today the tentative time tables for class 9, class 10, class 11 and class 12 have been released by nearly all boards. We here at Edkasa keep a close eye on what students are most concerned about during the exam season and one recurring factor is how they can make their prep experience more streamlined. This is exactly why we developed the Edkasa exam prep app that you can download for free giving you access to a wide variety of subjects tailored to your needs. We wish our readers the best of luck for their exams!