In keeping with tradition, girls outshone boys and bagged the top three positions in the annual Secondary School Certificate Part-II (General Group) examinations conducted under the aegis of Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BISEK).
Hafiza Hafsa Binte Qamar and Hafiza Ayesha Ilyas of Iqra Haffaz Girls Secondary School, North Nazimabad, finished first and second respectively while Tooba Imran of Mama Baby Care, Kinder Garden primary and secondary school, Guru Mandir, came in third.
Haifza Hafsa, who secured 776 marks out of 850 (91.92 per cent), told The Express Tribune that she was unfazed by the load-shedding as she learnt how to work around the issue. “I made a plan so that I didn’t waste my time when the lights were out,” she said. “I used to revise what I had already memorised during load-shedding hours.” She attributed her success to her parent’s prayers and said that her career ambition is to become a teacher. She plans to continue her studies at the same school, she added.
Pleasantly surprised over finishing second, Hafiza Ayesha said that although she was hopeful of securing 90 per cent marks, she didn’t expect a position in the board. Ayesha, who obtained 765 marks (90 per cent), however, said that load-shedding, especially during the night, gave her a tough time. She too wants to be associated with the teaching profession.
For Tooba Imran, success came as a result of consistent hard work. “I used to put in eight hours of work every day and regular study of text books was the key to my success along with encouragement from parents and school teachers.” Tooba, who bagged 756 marks (88.94 per cent), is not interested in conventional fields for women and wants to be a banker. “I was very good at Economics and want to become a banker.”
BISEK controller of examinations Noman Ahsan told The Express Tribune that a ceremony would be arranged to honour the position holders after the Science Group result was announced. He further said that the board finalised the results in a very short time and all efforts were made to ensure error-free results. According to Ahsan, load-shedding didn’t seem to affect the students as there was no dip seen in the marks obtained as compared to last year.
Giving a break-up of the number of students and the grades, Ahsan said that a total of 27,766 students, regular and private,were registered for the exam but 25,470 sat the exam. The pass percentage was around 60.9 as only 16,935 students cleared the exam. A total of 293 (263 girls and 30 boys) students managed to get A-1 grade while 1,752, 4,320, 6,395, 3,866 and 289 students obtained A, B, C, D and E grade respectively.
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Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2013.