Tando Allahyar school runs neck and neck with the mighty KGS

Published: February 14, 2013

A total of 95 Sindh students out of Pakistan’s 260 beat students across the world. DESIGN: MUHAMMAD SUHAIB

KARACHI: A boarding school in Tando Allahyar has accomplished what few would have wagered. It has beaten well known schools in Karachi to come right under Karachi Grammar School by bagging the third highest number of awards in the Cambridge exams.

Ten students from Sargodhian Spirit Trust Public School located in Rashidabad have scored the highest marks in Pakistan and Sindh in the O’ Level exams. It comes under The City School’s A’ Level PAF chapter with 11 awards and KGS with 27 awards, the highest.

Each year the Cambridge International Examinations unit issues a list of outstanding students who scored the highest marks in any one subject (such as History) or the best in eight subjects, in the world, their country or city. For the June 2012 examinations, these awards will go to a total of 95 students in Sindh, 13 of which made it to top in the world. The remaining 82 have either topped in Pakistan or in the province.

“I am proud to have heard this news and want to congratulate my boys for their extraordinary achievements,” said Sarghodian principal, Abdul Mujeeb. “These results would not have been possible without the facilities and environment provided by the school which coincided with the hard work of student and total dedication of the teachers.”

The teachers and principal were expecting that sort of achievement and were not surprised at all, added Fahmeed Quddus, the examinations in-charge, while talking to The Express Tribune.

Indeed, there was surprise in Karachi as well.

“Are you sure it’s in the world?” asked Humera Mustafa, headmistress at the Beaconhouse School System’s Gulshan campus at least twice when The Express Tribune contacted. Her student, Muhammad Jazib Zafar, beat everyone in the world in the History A’ Level exam. Once it sunk in, she described Jazib as quite passionate about history. “He is currently perusing his ACCA and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” she said.

Alisha Sethi of The Lyceum topped in the world in A’ Level Sociology. Interestingly, she had switched from natural science subjects in her O’ Levels to social sciences in the A’ Levels. “Not many students with a science background venture into the world of social sciences,” said The Lyceum’s director of studies, Scheherazade Asdar Ahmad. “This shows the depth in Alisha’s thought and the ability to pursue her endeavours in the best possible way.”

Many schools will be holding individual awards ceremonies to celebrate these achievements. These outstanding results will be recognised by employers and universities around the world as proof of academic excellence, said Uzma Yousuf Zaka, who is the relationships and communication country manager for the Cambridge International Examinations.

“Around 35 Pakistani students achieved the highest marks in the world and 46 more students attained the highest marks in Pakistan in a single subject,” she said. In Pakistan, over 260 students will receive awards for an exceptional performance in the Cambridge examinations.

The awards also celebrate the achievements of those learners who have been recognised for ‘High Achievement’ based on outstanding performance in subjects which are not yet so widely taken in Pakistan. The winning learners out-performed thousands of candidates worldwide who sat examinations in the Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge O’ Level, Cambridge International AS and A’ Levels.

William Bickerdike, the regional manager for the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan said: “I am very proud to congratulate learners across Pakistan on their outstanding results in the Cambridge examinations. It is encouraging to acknowledge the high standards of education offered by schools across the country reflected through these exceptional results. These achievements are a credit to the partnerships which Cambridge has established with schools and demonstrate the dedication and commitment of teachers, support provided by families and friends, and learners’ determination and passion to succeed. This success defines them not just as learners, but as Cambridge learners. I wish them every success in their future.”

Generation’s School: 4

Karachi High School: 4

St Michael’s Convent School: 3

Bai Virbaiji Soparivala Parsi High School: 3

St Patrick’s High School: 2

Nixor College: 2

Army Public School ‘O’ Levels Karachi: 2

C.A.S. School: 2

Jinnah University College: 1

Karachi Public School: 1

St Francis’s Grammar School Quetta: 1

St Joseph’s Convent School: 1

AES – School For Girls Karachi: 1

Bay View High School: 1

Convent of Jesus and Mary Karachi: 1

Foundation Public School O Levels: 1

Froebel Education Centre: 1

Published in The Express Tribune, February 14th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Parhakoo
    Feb 14, 2013 - 12:03PM

    Inspiring stuff indeed.

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Feb 14, 2013 - 12:16PM

    Excellent! Congratulations to all.

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  • Feb 14, 2013 - 12:26PM

    Finally something good to hear about Pakistan! We definitely have a talented youth!

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  • Rational
    Feb 14, 2013 - 12:36PM

    Why 90% of these top perofrming schools are situated in one city i.e. Karachi. To observe a school from such remote area emerging among other hi-fi schools like a star is really a positive sign. However, congrats to all bright students. You really made us proud :)

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  • just_someone
    Feb 14, 2013 - 12:47PM

    I went to Grammar (or KGS as most people know it) for my A levels. I had gone to another private school before that and gotten in purely on merit (I did very well on my O Levels).
    I can say with complete honesty, the people who did their O Levels at Grammar weren’t very good students. The average ‘outsider’ (like me who entered Grammar for their A Levels) had twice the As compared to a Grammarian.
    The whole allure of Grammar is just fluff. Grammarians arent much smarter than students in most other schools. The reason they do well in admissions is because of connections and they do well in exams because their students all take tutions that ‘teach to the test’. Almost none of them are creative or independent thinkers. Almost none of my cohort went on to do anything substantial in terms of their work (most work 9-5 jobs). I am one of 5 that I know that ended up getting the highest level of education and are doing substantial work in our fields. Since Grammar got me here, Im definitely not a bitter Grammarian, just one who knows the truth…

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  • rabia garib
    Feb 14, 2013 - 12:49PM

    This is great! Interesting what schools would do to cope up – throw more money at the problem or invest in changes that would bring results in the long run?

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  • Feb 14, 2013 - 12:55PM

    Shouldn’t you pronounce Sindh as “Sind” now as per Sind Assembly resolution. It should be done all over the website now.

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  • Karchitte
    Feb 14, 2013 - 12:56PM

    I am so proud of my brothers who made Pakistan proud, and congartaz to the student and staff of Sargodhian Spirit Trust Public School……………….competition between cities should be taken in a sportsman spirit. not personally as explained by Rational……………

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  • No visa
    Feb 14, 2013 - 1:08PM

    O and A level exams are now getting obsolete. Most of the schools have move on to other board exams of new British education system. Obviously it’s not very unique to top in the world in this board as the competing pool is getting smaller and smaller and in few years will only be limited to Pakistan.

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  • Hassaan
    Feb 14, 2013 - 1:09PM

    One of the best stories heard from Tribune regarding education.I am very glad to hear about a school from interior sind performing appreciably. Second to my delight, was to see my alma mater’s name i.e. Bai Virbaiji Soparivala Parsi High School, in the list of the institutes which have contributed to the excellence of education and have maintained their history through meritorious students and alumni.

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  • wellwisher
    Feb 14, 2013 - 1:24PM

    AoA, please tell me a good school with minimal fee (3-5K) in Karachi (Bhdb or PECHS area)

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  • Huzaifa
    Feb 14, 2013 - 1:26PM

    Weird headline. 27 to 10 is not neck and neck… rather neck and waist. That said, well done to Sargodhan Spirit. I hope that they will continue to grow and produce a high caliber of citizen. I have no doubt that the quality of education will be at par with some of the top Karachi or Lahore schools. Hopefully the same access to opportunity will soon follow for the students there.

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  • A Pakistani
    Feb 14, 2013 - 1:50PM

    A good read amongst the ruckus of everyday. Proud and Glad to see my alma mater’s name; Karachi High School, in the list.Recommend

  • Emode
    Feb 14, 2013 - 2:07PM

    MashAllah excellent results. What is inspiring and makes the results even more special is the fact that most students from Sargodhan Spirit Trust School come from very humble backgrounds (most are on sponsorship programmes), from places likes Fata, Kashmir, Baluchistan, interior Punjab etc, most cant even speak proper Urdu let alone English. So these student securing such results really tell tales about the hardwork by student and the staff. http://www.sstpsr.edu.pk/

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  • manzoor
    Feb 14, 2013 - 2:47PM

    Congratulations to all :)

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  • Salman Hasan
    Feb 14, 2013 - 2:53PM

    Highly Impressive :-)
    @ No Visa: Could you please share the other board exams of new British Education Systems??

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  • Murtaza
    Feb 14, 2013 - 3:28PM

    Noman and Suhaib, I am glad you decided to use a plot to visualize the differences. It would also be useful to point out how many students appeared from each of these schools in the first place.

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  • exGrammarian
    Feb 14, 2013 - 4:28PM

    @just_someone:
    Though you are right – not all grammarians are extremely intelligent (some are actually rather dumb) , The Grammar school hype is definitely not ‘fluff’. Grammar has had some brilliant graduates who are doing amazing things with their lives. You probably just don’t know them.
    I was in KGS from grade 3 – A ‘levels (class of 1999). I just completed a PHD this year. My husband (KGS 7th grade to A’levels) is running his own research lab here in Chicago. Several other friends of mine from Grammar are doing great things with their lives including running NGO’s, working in sectors such as education, disaster relief, health and sanitation , heading women’s banks, publishing articles in renown papers such as the NYTimes etc. My younger sister is currently enrolled in Columbia for her masters in international relations – she was in grammar from nursery to A’levels. From what she has just told me, just like my batch, several students from her year, the year above her and the year below (not New G’s) have and are still attending some of the highest ranked universities in the world (Yale, Princeton, Cambridge, Oxford, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Kings, UCL, LSE – to name a few).
    Sharmeen obaid Chinoy, Usman Riaz, Kamila Shamsie, Nadeem F Paracha, Adbdullah Hussain Haroon, Pervez Hoodboy , Huma Yusuf, Rayid Ghani, Fazli Azeem , Akbar Rizvi – Google them, they’re all KGS alumni, and they’re not exactly losers lacking imagination or originality.

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  • deret
    Feb 14, 2013 - 6:06PM

    very proud!congrats! :)

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  • syed
    Feb 14, 2013 - 7:13PM

    Great. Keep creating the positive force(s) until they are enough to overcome the negetive forces in our country.

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  • another someone
    Feb 14, 2013 - 7:14PM

    @just_someone:

    Umm.. I completely disagree. Grammarians that did not only join in A levels have a MUCH better command of the english language and MUCH better communication skills than new grammarians. The reason Grammarians get into the best universities is because of connections the school has with those universities and also because of our grades. Plus old grammarians are better at articulating themselves than new grammarians, thats because english literature is compulsory from class 1.

    You will soon learn that in life, its about who you know and where you went to university. Not about how many A’s you got in your O levels buddy. Sure I had 9 A’s and I was an old grammarian and there were other new grammarians that had 13 and 14 A’s but then they also didnt really have lives outside of studies. Grammar teaches you to be an allrounder and a very smart one at that.

    So all in all, when you did come to KGS with you 342342 A’s in o levels, you should be thankful that you got to touch a network that most people dont get to be a part of. And since the majority of that network is old grammarians – you should grateful to your classmates for being there

    Oh well, but you just sound like a new G chemistry student who looked at all the girls from a far and wondered why no one invited you to talk or to any parties or the like.. wait that’s because you are a NEW G. Says it all

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  • Hasham
    Feb 14, 2013 - 8:26PM

    Its good to see the students studying in the deprive areas of Pakistan competing the elites. Instead of foreign syllabus, Pakistani schools should have one syllabus throughout the country. A syllabus which makes feel you prod to be a Pakistani rather then “PBCD” Pakistani Born Confused Desi…lolz

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  • Jazib Zafar
    Feb 14, 2013 - 8:42PM

    FML. My Headmistress doesn’t know that I go to IBA. -.-

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  • just_someone
    Feb 14, 2013 - 10:12PM

    @another someone:
    Son, I already have a PhD. Dont tell me about ‘best universities and connections’ life lessons. Im guessing Im older than you :)

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  • Jehanzeb Mahar
    Feb 14, 2013 - 11:15PM

    Zabardast

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  • Dhaaga.
    Feb 15, 2013 - 12:34AM

    Sigh. Even Rehman Malik is a PhD.

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