KGS tops list of outstanding Cambridge learners

Published: February 11, 2016



Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) announced on Thursday the winners of the Outstanding Cambridge Learners Awards for students in Karachi who sat for the Cambridge O’ Levels, Cambridge IGCSEs and Cambridge International AS’ and A’ Levels in June and November, 2015.

Ninety students won awards in five different categories, including ‘Top in Pakistan’, ‘Best Across’, ‘Top in Karachi’, ‘High Achievement’ and ‘Top in the World’.

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Of the 90 students who received awards for their exceptional performance in the Cambridge examinations, 11 students from Karachi Grammar School (KGS), Beaconhouse School System (BSS), St Patrick’s High School and Mama Parsi Girls School achieved the highest marks in the world. Around 19 students attained highest marks in Pakistan in a single subject, while 24 Best Across awards were handed out. Four students were also awarded the high achievers award.

The awards celebrate outstanding academic achievements of secondary school learners in Pakistan in the June and November 2015 Cambridge examinations. KGS won the highest number of awards in all categories with 34 in total, followed by BSS students winning 12 awards.

The City School won nine awards, while The Lyceum School and Sargodhian Spirit Trust Public School, Rashidabad won eight each. The Generation School managed to secure five awards, while Mama Parsi Girls School and St Patrick’s High School won three each.

The ‘High Achievement’ award acknowledges outstanding performance in non-mainstream subjects, such as German as a foreign language, art and design and geography, which are not widely taken in Pakistan. The CAS school secured three out of four high achievement awards, with the fourth award going to KGS.

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“I would like to congratulate the students across Pakistan on their outstanding results in the Cambridge examinations,” said CIE country director Uzma Yousuf Zaka. She also congratulated the teachers and principals who helped in achieving such outstanding results, as well as the parents who guided and supported the students over the years. “This success defines you – not just as learners, but as Cambridge learners. I wish you every success in your future.”

KGS college section headmaster RA Ponsford shared that of more than 800 students, KGS managed to secure 34 distinctions, which is the highest in the country. He also said that it is due to the hard work and dedication of both the teachers and students that they won the highest number of awards. “KGS is very pleased with these results in the CIE exams, which is an improvement on our last year’s results,” he added.

More than 80 students sat for the Cambridge exams this year and the fact that three of them made it to the high achievement list is a big success, said CAS principal Sami Mustafa, while talking to The Express Tribune. “It’s a proud moment for the school that our students are competing with other big schools of the country,” he added.

The Generation’s School will hold an awards ceremony for the winners in July, revealed their O’ and A’ levels section headmistress Uzma Shakeel. She added that more than 400 students from O’ and A’ levels sat for the exam and it is due to strong institutional framework that they have been winning awards since 2001.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th,  2016

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Reader Comments (14)

  • sheraz
    Feb 12, 2016 - 10:35AM

    When we will be free from this colonial curse? When we will be able to develop our own systems?Recommend

  • nasser
    Feb 12, 2016 - 11:36AM

    Typical Indian troll not able to digest anything positive Pakistani. Recommend

  • Abcd
    Feb 12, 2016 - 12:22PM

    Congrats to the students, their parents and teachers. Hope you will keep up your good work. Best wishes for future successes. Those who did not get distinctions…this was not your day…but tomorrow is, so keep working on those engines until they fire up and propel you too.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 12, 2016 - 1:54PM

    @nasser: I don’t think @Sheraz is an Indian troll……I think he’s very much a product of our failed system that firmly believes that the easiest equalizer is to bring the ‘ good ‘ down to the level of the ‘ bad ‘ …….. this is his frustration manifesting itself. Recommend

  • Ex-Grammarian
    Feb 12, 2016 - 2:37PM

    Do agree with Sheraz in that the schools should not glorify the colonial past, case in example being a school house of this illustrious institution being named after Charles “NAPIER”, the conqueror of Sindh, certainly not anything to be proud of if you read the gory history of the time.Recommend

  • Salman
    Feb 12, 2016 - 4:16PM

    Congratulations to all the high achievers and medium and low achievers. I believe the post above does not provides complete information on overall achievement statistics. What about rest of the schools? There should be a table representing schools and subjectswith specific winners. Is there ay source where we can get all this info? Recommend

  • Rao
    Feb 12, 2016 - 6:39PM

    Are you unhappy with Pakistan studies curriculum?Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 12, 2016 - 6:39PM

    You don’t have to wait long for when they make Urdu the mandatory medium of instruction for each and every subject. Until then, get with the program !Recommend

  • Assad
    Feb 12, 2016 - 7:46PM

    Nothing wrong aping a good thing. Cambridge system is a good one to use.Recommend

  • Assad
    Feb 12, 2016 - 7:50PM

    Well done KGS and all the other schools who aim high for their students! We have the best minds in the world. Just need to nurse them in the right direction to do wonders!

    Umeed-e-sahar ki baat sunno.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Feb 12, 2016 - 8:18PM

    Congratulation to all the students and their teachers. Job well done, we are proud of your achievements. Recommend

  • Akbar Sait
    Feb 13, 2016 - 2:36AM

    Excellence to an international standard by demonstrating achievement in international exams is glorifying the colonial past. Is it? Please demonstrate how this is. For example Physics, Chemistry, Biology. Maths , Information Technology etc. are colonial subjects ?Recommend

  • k k khan
    Feb 13, 2016 - 7:41AM

    One of the most important benchmark, for any country who harbors the super power ambitions.
    Invest in education Pakistan and you will see Pakistanis solving the problems World is facing.
    And you won’t, then, need Kher’s services to project Soft Pakistan…
    Now is the time to make education our top priority even if we have to fed grass to ourselves.Recommend

  • nasser
    Feb 13, 2016 - 11:08AM

    Yes…and if any thing better from anywhere is included it is welcome. Recommend

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