KARACHI: The Aga Khan University-Examination Board (AKU-EB) announced the results of its annual Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) examinations for 2018. The top three overall positions for both sets of examinations were secured by female students.
The overall pass percentage for SSC students was 95.1% and 73.8% to score a B grade or higher.
Maya Ahmed from Maryam Siddiqa Girls Higher Secondary School, Punjab obtained first position in SSC examinations with an impressive 1,033 out of 1,100 marks, which is 94.27%. “This is a day of great joy and exultation for me,” she said. “I would like to thank my parents, my sister, school principal and my teachers for being so supportive, and am also extremely thankful to AKU-EB for making us realise the importance of ‘understanding’ and ‘learning’!”
In addition to her overall first position, Ahmed also secured second position in SSC Science Group High Achievers, obtaining a total of 436 out of 450 marks.
Yumna Khabir from PECHS Girls’ School, Karachi came in second overall for SSC examinations with 1,019 out of 1,100 marks, which is 92.64%, followed by Zehra Abbas from Al-Murtaza School, Karachi who obtained 1,010 out of 1,100 marks, which is 91.82%.
AKU-EB Director Dr Shehzad Jeeva extended his congratulations to all AKU-EB students. “As an indigenous board dedicated to uplifting national educational standards and offering quality assessment, the success of our students endorses our mission,” he said. “Our matric and intermediate qualifications reinforce confidence in Pakistan’s own education system.”
The overall pass percentage for HSSC students was 95.5% and 77.1% of the students who scored a B grade or higher.
Maryam Ihsan from Nusrat Jahan College, Punjab obtained first position in HSSC examinations, scoring 1,018 out of 1,100 marks. “The prayers of my parents and the dedicated support of my school played a vital role in this success,” said Ihsan.
Fareeha Hashmi and Alina Fatima, both students of Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karachi obtained 1,013 and 1,010 marks out of 1,100, securing second and third position respectively.
Nusrat Jahan College Punjab Principal Mansoora Urooj noted that AKU-EB had greatly influenced the methods of teaching employed at the school: “Education has been made comprehensive.”
AKU-EB Associate Director Assessment Dr Naveed Yousuf noted that the examination results were a triumph in multiple aspects. “The sheer diversity of high scoring students across Pakistan exemplifies the standards students across the nation hold themselves to,” he said. “From the coasts of Karachi till the mountains of Gilgit-Baltistan, I can safely say that all of you have proven yourselves.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2018.