The announcement of the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) results for O and A Levels on Monday created a stir in the local social media scene.
Students were tweeting and updating posts on their Facebook walls from Sunday evening.
Locally, #CIE was trending on Twitter a day before the results. Students also posted on the walls of their schools’ Facebook pages, expressing their nervousness as the announcements of the results approached.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, 16-year-old Maniha Barry said, “Twitter was all about results on Sunday evening.”
An avid blogger and tweeter, Barry is a student of Bloomfield Hall. Landing an A in Urdu, what she said was contrary to her expectations, she also said she was very nervous before the results. She said the mood of other students was obvious from their tweets. She said students have been sharing their results with their friends through social media.
The CIE results have shared its announcement time with a majority of other examination boards across the country. The names of the toppers and distinction holders will be announced in a day or two.
The results were made available online to schools and students at around 10 am. Besides approaching their respective schools, students could also view their results on the website set up by the University of Cambridge International Examinations for the purpose. Students could also view their individual results on an alternate online resource, provided their schools had registered for it.
Sara Said, the Exams-Marketing and Communications head at the British Council, told The Express Tribune that there had been a 13 percent increase in the number of entries in 2012 compared to the previous year.
This year, the CIE has recorded as many as 180,000 entries in both the Cambridge O level and Cambridge International A level examinations in Pakistan, she said.
In June 2011, as many as 220 students won the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards in Pakistan for Cambridge examinations. Out of those, 42 achieved the highest marks in the world in their subjects, while 37 students achieved the highest marks in a specific subject in Pakistan. According to CIE figures from 2011, the number of students who have achieved the award for outstanding achievement in Cambridge examinations has increased by 25 per cent over three years. This year the list of Outstanding Cambridge Learners is expected to be released in December.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2012.