KARACHI: Two girls from Karachi secured the first and third place in the Secondary School Certificate examinations conducted by the Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB).
The results which came out on Wednesday showed that Hiba Khalid of PECHS Girls' School, Karachi, bagged the first position with 94%, Maliha Ahmed Eesha of Nusrat Jehan Academy Girls High School from Chenab Nagar came in second with 92.38% while Syeda Kanza Kazmi of Al-Murtaza School, Karachi secured third position with 92.28%.
This year students sat for the SSC exams in over 43 subjects and 22 cities across Pakistan, including Karachi, Gilgit, Mianwali, Sukkur and Jacobabad.
The overall passing rate for SSC Part-I was 83.6% with 15.6% of the candidates scoring an A1-Grade. Meanwhile, the overall passing rate for SSC Part-II was 91.6% with 20% of the candidates obtaining an A1-Grade.
"We are pleased to see a high percentage of candidates scoring excellent grades in the SSC examinations," said Karima Kara, the associate director of the Board, while emphasising the importance of effective teaching in improving educational outcomes for students. "While we congratulate all the candidates for their performance, we would like to acknowledge their teachers too, for their hard work in providing relevant learning experiences." She added that they were committed to preparing students for the future by providing them with high quality assessments and professional development opportunities for the teachers.
The principal of PECHS Girls School, Seema Malik, said she was extremely proud of Khalid. She added that they were expecting a couple of their students to get a top position. "This success is a result of mutual hard work, integrity, quality learning and appropriate guidance," she said.
According to Khalid, she was able to achieve these grades with help from her parents, teachers and siblings. "My teachers always guided me to be focused and read up reference books to grasp concepts," she said. "It is important for the teachers to understand that there can be many possible answers to the same question which helps facilitate better learning."
The second and third position holders, Maliha Ahmed and Syeda Kanza Kazmi emphasised on the importance of conceptual learning in their success. "The simplest way to excel in exams is by enriching one's learning," said Ahmed. "I used to watch the online video lessons offered by AKU-EB as well as those on other educational websites for a better grasp of topics."
The Higher Secondary School Certificate (Class XI and XII) results will be announced on July 16.
AKU-EB's annual SSC results are now available online at http://examinationboard.aku.edu with detailed graphical analysis reports by gender and group-wise student performances.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2014.