Girls outshone boys in the 65th Secondary School Certificate (SSC) annual examination.
The result was announced by the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) here on Tuesday; 59.57% of the 110,026 students who appeared passed the exam, out of which 65.66% were girls and 54.44% were boys. As many as 3,176 students received an overall A+ grade, 6,087 got A, 13,431 got B, while 17,490 got C grade in the 2011 annual SSC examination.
Fahd Farooq Ashraf, a student of Divisional Public School Shamasabad Muree Road, scored overall first position in SSC exams in Rawalpindi division by obtaining 1016/1050 marks, followed by Basma Tariq of Munir Public Girls High School Chakwal, who stood second with 1015 marks. The third position was awarded to Sonia Basharat of Asif Public Girls Higher Secondary School Alnoor Colony who scored 1008 marks in the exam.
The most distinct feature of this year’s results is the third position in general subjects group by Rasheed Ahmed (alias Abdul Raheem Turabi), who is one of the five accused being tried for their alleged role in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and having links with Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan. Appearing as a private student in humanities subjects, he received third position among boys in the group with 848 marks.
Moreover two sisters studying in Grammar Public High School for Girls Satellite Town obtained first and second positions among girls in the general group. Hafiza Wardah Abdul Rasheed stood first with 936 marks while her sister, Hafiza Maria Abdul Rasheed, stood second with 930 marks.
Compared to last year’s results of BISE in which 58.73% students passed, the success ratio was better this year with 59.57% students passing the exam. Records show that 48.12% students passed the exam in 2007, and the percentage kept increasing over the two succeeding years; 53.86% in 2008, and then 61.69% in 2009.
The success ratio among the regular students was 72.40%, while that among the private candidates was 40.61%.
Addressing a gathering at Government Degree College for Women 6th Road, BISE Acting Chairperson Dr Muhammad Ashraf said that results of as many as 1,200 students have been withheld for different reasons. He asked students to approach the board office for clarification of any mistake in their results and about withholding of their results.
He admitted that the board staff had some issues in preparing the results but were successful in completing the results within time. He said BISE could not print the result gazettes for distribution, however, the students can view their result online.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2011.