KARACHI: Alina Fatima from the alMurtaza School in Karachi and Hira Naz from Aga Khan Higher Secondary School in Kuragh (Chitral) topped the Aga Khan University Education Board's (AKU-EB) Secondary School Certificate with 93.36% marks.
The AKU-EB announced the results for the May 2016 annual examination session on Wednesday. This year, the board assessed students in 95 subjects across 23 cities.
For SSC Part I, the overall passing percentage was 85.5% with 46.7% candidates scoring 'A' grade and above. For SSC Part II, the overall passing percentage was 88.8% with 55.6% candidates scoring higher than 'A' grade. Similarly, the Higher Secondary School Certification (HSSC) Part I, the passing percentage is 86.6% with 45.1% candidates scoring 'A' grade and above. For HSSC Part II, the passing percentage was 84.5%.
Fatima also gained the second position in science group electives along with Ali Mehdi from IBA Community College in Khairpur.
"Although I was expecting good grades but it is really exciting to be a position holder from a remote area, such as Lutkoh, Chitral," said position holder Hira Naz.
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Meanwhile, the first position in the HSSC has been secured by Areej alMedinah from Aga Khan Higher Secondary School in Karimabad, Karachi. She did not only achieve the overall first position in HSSC with 91.63% but also gained second position in the pre-engineering group electives.
"I am delighted to see females dominating the positions this year as well," said alMedinah. "We are definitely well prepared for higher education and for the betterment of Pakistan."
Ruhaina Nadeem from Nasra School's Malir campus secured the second position for SSC with a score of 93.18%. Shehla Tanveer from Maryam Siddiqa Girls Higher Secondary School in Chenab Nagar, Punjab, and Maryam Ihsan from Nusrat Jahan Academy Girls High School, Chanab Nagar, Punjab, scored third positions with a score of 92.6%. Komal Fatima from Habib Girls' School in Karachi secured the first position in the humanities' electives in the SSC Science Group.
The second position holder for HSSC, Areeba Muhammad scored 91.36%, Fatima Muhammad Asad from Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Karimabad, Karachi, secured the overall third position in HSSC with a score of 91.27%.
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"We strive to develop critical thinking in our students and firmly believe that, assessment is a driving force for new ways of learning," said AKU-EB director Shehzad Jeeva.
"The quality of secondary school graduates from AKU-EB has been a real source of satisfaction and confidence for communities across Pakistan," said Aien Shah, the head of academics at Aga Khan Education Service, Pakistan.
"It is a well-known fact that assessment drives learning and assessment practices introduced by AKU-EB aims to re-frame the current scenario that contributes to the development," said AKU-EB's associate director for assessments Dr Naveed Yusuf.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2016.
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