In six districts of Punjab, the boards of intermediate and secondary education are now functioning without permanent chairs and another top administrative administrator.
The commissioners in charge have been given the responsibility of managing these boards as interim heads to temporarily fill this void.
Mid-level administration officials are worried about how the matriculation exams will be conducted in these six areas, though.
The boards of intermediate and secondary education in Sargodha, Gujranwala, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, and Faisalabad have been without permanent chairmen, secretaries, or controllers of examinations for the past eight months, even though the matric exams are scheduled to take place in six weeks.
Moreover, the boards in question have not had regular chairmen or other officials elected by succeeding governments, and the province is currently operating under an interim system that bans appointments and transfers.
With around two million applicants taking the matric examinations each year, they are the most significant exams in the province, making the role of those in charge of administering them doubly challenging.
In the six districts where the board lacks a permanent chairman, concerns have been raised about how these tests will be handled.