Cambridge results: Record setting year for Pakistanis

Published: August 12, 2016
Highest-ever number of students sat for the exams this year. PHOTO: REUTERS

Highest-ever number of students sat for the exams this year. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) announced O’ and A’ Level results on Thursday.

Schools in Pakistan made over 270,000 entries for Cambridge qualifications this year, an increase of seven per cent over last year. The names of high achievers across the world will be announced in January after detailed analysis of the results.

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“More students than ever before collected their CIE results today, as entries for Cambridge qualifications continue to grow in Pakistan and around the world,” said CIE Country Director Uzma Yousuf Zaka.

Entries for O’ Level increased by five per cent from 154,137 in 2014-15 to 162,208 in 2015-16 and entries for  A’ Level increased by  eight percent  from 84,365 to 91,094, the CIE Pakistan office told The Express Tribune.

The popularity of Cambridge IGCSE is also growing in Pakistan, with entries increasing by 16 per cent this year, going up from 10,364 in 2014-15 to 12,019 this year.

Globally there has been 10 percent growth in entries across all Cambridge qualifications this year, including 11 per cent growth in entries for Cambridge International A Levels and 8 per cent for Cambridge IGCSE.

Schools in Islamabad offering O’ and A’ levels programmes said they were satisfied with the result.

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We had the best results this year, said Fahim Khan, Principal of Headstart, Senior Branch, F-8/4. About 330 students had appeared in the exam, and of them, over 100 were high achievers with more than three As. The students mostly secured As and A* in science subjects, economics and math, he said.

We have regular, foreign qualified and committed teaching staff, he said, and we try to create a positive relationship between students and teachers besides striking a balance between cocurricular and academic activities.

Natalia Ahsan, the best academic student who secured five straight As in A Level in the school said the best part was that the teachers were always available to them and she did not have to do extra efforts in the exams or go to tuition centers.

Roots IVY International Schools CEO Khadija Mushtaq said her students earned over 1,200 As in IGCSE, O’ Levels, and A’ Levels.

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The most notable among the O Level/IGCSE high achiever was Rida Shahid of DHA campus with 5 A* and 5 As, which is a phenomenal achievement, she said.

Saifur Rehman and Babar Mushtaq from Roots IVY Chaklala Scheme III excelled by attaining 9 A*s in IGCSE. other notable IGCSE high achievers with 9 As include Babar Mustafa, Haiqa Kamran, Tallina Talle, Saifur Rehman, Umer Sadiq, Humna Rehman, Muhammad Hassan Malik, and Ali Mustafa Khatai.

Tallina Talle attributed her success to her teachers and parents who made her work hard and opined that “if you work hard, you don’t need any tuition academies”.

The A’ level results included Muhammad Afaaq, Muhammad Haisam Azhar and Arham Hameed from different campuses achieves 6 straight As.

Islamabad College of Arts and Sciences (ICAS) Principal Nusrat Tahir also said praised her students, noting that they achieved 46 A*s, 100 As, and 121 Bs in O’ Levels, and 5 A*s, 60 As, and 55 Bs in A-Levels.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 12th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Hassa
    Aug 12, 2016 - 10:37AM

    Congrats. Good news.
    This remind me of my result. I secured 8 A* in O-Level (2010) and 3 A* in A-Level (2012)Recommend

  • OMAR
    Aug 12, 2016 - 10:39AM

    growth is because of failure of local system.Recommend

  • Russian
    Aug 12, 2016 - 11:00AM

    Why Pakistan is following British education system? Can’t they come up with something of their own? Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 12, 2016 - 11:16AM

    It reminds me of past times when I was expecting 90% marks from a B.I.S.E Matriculation exam, but I was given only 55% marks in math. Later I get informed from some sources that my paper was checked by a Matriculation student. This is our local exam system.Recommend

  • Aug 12, 2016 - 11:19AM

    remarkable score (y)Recommend

  • omer
    Aug 12, 2016 - 11:31AM


    what a show off lol

    I got 7 Ds and 2 Cs. now that is a result i can share without being labelled as a show off. Kaisa??Recommend

  • Hamdani
    Aug 12, 2016 - 11:34AM

    Pakistan must take heed and start developing its own educational system. Such news only indicate Pakistan headed towards and abyss. Brilliant students are left out becuase either they have no exposure or cannot afford this system.Recommend

  • Nazia
    Aug 12, 2016 - 11:51AM

    What about Karachi?Recommend

  • Nazia
    Aug 12, 2016 - 11:54AM

    What about Karachi??Recommend

  • Hassan Nawaz
    Aug 12, 2016 - 12:14PM

    Arsal Nabi Cheema has got 4A*’s in A Levels
    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and PhysicsRecommend

  • Patriot
    Aug 12, 2016 - 2:06PM

    Is this a publicity note for only Islamabad schools!? my son from Peshawar got 12 A*s and A’s in O and A level!!Recommend

  • ali abbas
    Aug 12, 2016 - 2:28PM

    muzzamil goddil and sauleh asif of our school head start secured 9A* and 8A*.Recommend

  • Tahir
    Aug 12, 2016 - 2:49PM

    My heartfelt felicitation to Muhammad Afaaq for having shown grace in A Levels. Recommend

  • London Banker
    Aug 12, 2016 - 3:07PM

    We follow this system because its the best and most refined, chances of cheating are lower and the actual achievers / hardworkers always get their grades. Good job to all kids and congratulations to parents. Recommend

  • Saima Arif
    Aug 12, 2016 - 3:12PM

    This article does seem like a publicity leflet for only a few schools. Students from LGS EME have been and have scored better results than the ones mentioned.Recommend

  • Aween Mysorewala
    Aug 13, 2016 - 11:04AM

    Readers! I also want to share my result in CIE O’Levels this year, that is 5 A*s & 4 As. Unfortunately, my name could not be in the articles because I have studied from GENESIS School which is located in Clifton Block 7, Karachi.Recommend

  • Aug 13, 2016 - 11:27PM

    People of Pakistan has potential. If they get the right environment and opportunity they can grow and surprise othersRecommend

  • Anonyms
    Aug 16, 2016 - 10:32PM

    @Aween Mysorewala:
    @ali abbas:

    Why is everyone showing of their grades. People there are many more who have secured better grades than u. So please stop boasting about urself as if u have done something remarkable.

    Even i got 9 A* s and 1 A in O-levels, 4As in AS + best across 3 AS subjects in isl and 3 A*s in A-2 but i did NOT show off!!!

    Many people i know even got better grades than me yet they prefer discretion and humility so please dont show off!!!Recommend

  • Manzoor Ali Dahri
    Aug 17, 2016 - 10:52AM

    What about karachi schools like KGS karachi, The City School PAF Chapter etc..Recommend

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