The deterioration in education standards in public sector institutes can be gauged from the from the fact that only one out of the 20 top positions has been grabbed by a student of the public-sector school in the secondary school certificate examinations held early this year in Azad Kashmir (AJK).
The AJK Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (AJK BISE) Mirpur revealed on Thursday that private institutions clinched 19 out of the top 20 positions. In a rare feat, Kashmir Model College Mirpur secured all top six positions.
In a ceremony organised to felicitate the top 20 top position holders, AJK BISE Mirpur Chairman Prof. Muhammad Afzal Mirza announced that 61% of the 57,994 candidates who sat the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) part-II exam passed. He called up the top three position holders of the exam and congratulated them on their success.
Huma Irfan, daughter of Muhammad Irfan, stood first in the annual exam; Isha Tariq, daughter of Dr Tariq Mahmood, stood second; while Madiha Khan, daughter of Gulfraz Khan, and Maaza Javed, daughter of Dr Muhammad Javed, both stood third. The four girls secured 1,020, 1,019, 1,016 and 1,016 marks respectively out of a total of 1,050 and are all science-group students from the Kashmir Model College Mirpur.
Among boys, the first position was awarded to Fraz Farooq, son of Muhammad Farooq; second to Sohair Ahmed Bhatti, son of Liaqat Ali Bhatti; and third to Ahsan Muzaffar, son of Muzaffar Iqbal. Farooq is a student of Junaid Public Model High School, Bhimbher, while the latter two are students of Kashmir Model College Mirpur. Overall, the three boys secured fifth, sixth and seventh positions respectively in the exam.
AJK BISE Mirpur Controller Examination Prof. Mirza Javed Iqbal informed that a total of 36,065 regular and 21,929 private candidates sat the exam, of which 28,132 and 7,251 candidates were declared successful. The pass percentage for regular and private candidates is 78% and 33% respectively.
He said that the detailed mark sheet of all successful candidates will be available at the AJK BISE Mirpur website (www.ajkbise.net (http://www.ajkbise.net)) at 9am on Friday (today), adding that students can also check their marks by messaging “AJK <space> <Roll No>” to 5050. All network providers except Warid Telecom will provide this facility.
Among girls in the general group, Summera Kouser, daughter of Zulfiqar Ali, stood first; Ambreen Gulbhar, daughter of Gulbhar Khan, stood second; and Hafsa Latif, daughter of Muhammad Latif Ghous, stood third. The three girls are students of Girls High School Sangoat, Government Girls High School Kalyal, and Minhajul Quraan Model School Mirpur respectively.
Among boys in the general group, Muhammad Ehtesham, son of Najabat Hussain, stood first; Qiyanoos Khan, son of Mulam Khan, stood second; and Muhammad Kamran, son of Tariq Mahmood, stood third. They are students of Allama Iqbal Science College Dadyal, Ammu Kashmir Public Secondary School Dhangroat, and High School Rattah respectively.
The ceremony was attended by the high-achieving students, their parents, and the head of various private and public schools that the students represented.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2012.