O'level, SSC exams for 2020 postponed due to COVID-19

Students sit for an exam in a school in Maldives. (File Photo/Sun)

The Ministry of Education has decided to postpone the O'level and SSC examinations for the year 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The Education Ministry, announcing the decision, stated that the decision came since the students would not have enough time to prepare for the exams and to cover the syllabus.

“Due to this change, work is underway to set a date for when the exam is to be held.” Read the statement by the Ministry.

The assignment due dates for BTEC students would also be revised and the Ministry stated that the priority in making the decision was to reduce the impact of the students.

No changes have been announced regarding the higher secondary A’level examinations for Grades 11 and 12. The Edexcel A’level examinations scheduled for May/June of this year have previously been rescheduled to October/November.

Schools, colleges, and universities across the country have been closed for more than a month due to the virus. The country has now confirmed 277 cases of the virus. The majority of the cases have occurred in the populous capital Male’ City, where a community spread of the virus was identified on April 15.