O, A-level June results: teachers stumped, satisfied or sorry
O, A Level teachers stumped, satisfied or sorry with results
Karachi, Aug 12, 2008: Cambridge O-, AS- and A-Level results can be unpredictable. One English General A-Level
teacher was stumped when a student she had categorised as an E-grader scored an
A in the 2008 results while someone who scored an A in English Literature for
the O-Levels, got a B in English General?
The June 2008 exam results,
which were finally completely handed out by schools on Monday, either floored
the students or left them a little light headed. One girl, who got 4 Us, was
grounded by her parents and her girlfriends lamented that they would just marry
It was just as nerve-wracking or elating for teachers and
principals. Not all of them expected their students to do well and as a result
many were pleasantly surprised. Swaleha Alam Shahzada teaches Economics at the
Karachi Grammar School. She put this year down as one of her most difficult ones
that ended with the best results of her career. "I am so proud of my students,"
she said over the phone late Monday night. "They have worked extra
Nyla Ahsan, who teaches Literature for A-Levels at The Lyceum
School, was relieved to say the least. "I'm thrilled with the Literature results
which as far as I know are very good," she said. "It's great to know that
Literature is becoming popular by the year."
It is a tough act for
teachers to follow. Students these days struggle to balance extracurricular
challenges, SATs, TOEFL, college applications and tuition woes that are all
exacerbated by parental pressure. Even more difficult is perhaps the jobs of the
teachers who try to cajole them into doing their best. "Given the amount of
[extracurricular] activities, I am utterly bewildered by the number of As. Are
all these kids geniuses or what!" exclaimed Shozieh Gorji who teaches Art and
handles extracurricular work at The Lyceum School.
In addition to the
school teachers, are the tuition teachers, who perhaps in some ways also feel
the pressure to ensure their students do well. Warda Khan is a private tutor for
A-Level Psychology. For her part, she felt that the AS results were "amazing" as
her tuition group scored a majority of As and only 2 Cs. "The A-Level result was
very good, although the percentile dropped for [names two schools] but I'm very
The CAS's Kiran Hashmi, who teaches O-Level Pakistan Studies,
known to be an exceedingly vast subject, was happy as well. "Overall, the result
was very good," she said. "Out of 75 students we had 25 As and 38
Bs, although the Urdu grades were shocking; we only got seven As." Tehmina Shafi
who teaches AS-Level General English at The Lyceum School, was proud of her
students. "Their grades are entirely their work," she generously
Also proud and surprised was Ishma Alvi, who teaches A-Level
Psychology at The Lyceum School. "I'm quite happy with the result, four of my
students got 97 percent which is quite amazing since they study almost
Bachelor-level Psychology and it's very difficult. I'm sure their future is
going to be brilliant."
The City School A-Levels Senior Mistress Tanzila
Sabih felt that the results were a wakeup call for many students as well. "I
think this time around [many] students failed to realize Advanced Level studies
are much more difficult than O-Levels," she said. "Most of the
high-achieving students got over confident and carried on with their usual
O-Level habits of just leaving a month for preparation. That's not the way you
get good grades. I think a large chunk of the batch lacked the temperament to
cope with the difficulty." Sabih's words rang true for one student at least,
Raheel, who just received his AS results. But not without reason; he
acknowledged his AS level results were "absolutely pathetic". The teachers tried
to get them to study but they "partied" during the year, "trying to make the
most out of [their] newfound freedom". But it has dawned on him that he has just
one more year left to score better grades for his A-Levels as his university
applications depend on it.
Ultimately, as many, many successful
professionals will testify, O-, AS- and A-Level grades do not make or break a
person's ability to do well in life, as so many 18 year olds in Karachi fret.
And as far as college admissions go, not everyone can or should go to an Ivy
League school or Oxford University of the University of Cambridge. Plus, there
are many advantages to studying in Pakistan at the institutions it has to offer,
many of which have fast progressed to provide an excellent education. It's hard
to digest that 120 minutes of an exam at the end of two years can really tell
you what you are worth.
Students rush to receive O, A-level results
Lahore: University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Ordinary and Advanced Level students rushed to
their schools on Monday to receive their results, while teachers present at the
schools praised the students and were satisfied with the overall results.
Provisional results for the June 2008 O- and A-levels examinations were
announced on Sunday. Large numbers of students were seen at the Beachonhouse
School System, National Grammar School, Defence Public School, Lahore Lyceum,
Salamat Girls Icas and other institutions.
The principal of the Defence
Public School for Girls said that the school's overall result was phenomenal and
she expected a number of students to occupy top positions in the country. She
said that all students of the school had passed and most of them had gotten good
Lahore Lyceum Co-ordinator David Emmanuel said that the
school administration was thrilled that one of their students, Hassan Zafer had
secured 8 'As'.
Mrs Naima, a faculty member of The Salamat School System,
said that all students of the school had passed the examinations. She added that
two students had also secured straight 'As'.
National Grammar School
Principal Saleem Kashmiri said that the administration would know how well
students had performed once they finished compiling the results. Daily Times
SISA excels in O' and A' Levels
Lahore: SISA students excelled in the GCE O' and A' Level Examinations held in the
May-June 2008 session. For yet another year students of SISA made everyone proud
by scoring an outstanding results in both O' and A' levels. The result was
declared on Sunday, 10th August, 2008 around 2:30pm. The most outstanding result
was of Syed Abutalib who got an unprecedented 8A's in his GCE A' level
examinations. Other prominent results were of Khan Jibran (4A's), Khushbakht
Khan Awan (2A's 1B), Zainab Fazal (1A 2B's) and Haroon Ejaz (1A,
The O' level result was equally outstanding, with Uzair Ikram
getting the top position with 11A's. Usama Saeeda got 10A's while Shaarif Bashir
and Fazeel Shahid got 9A's each. Other top scores were Arooj Fatima (7A's),
Shabiul Hassan (6A's), Asim Farook (6A's), Arooj Razzaq (6A's), Areesha Arif
(5A's), Bilal Haider (5A's) and Taha Raja (5A's). The News
"HEllo, My Name is Arooj Fatima and I am one of the top scores of SISA School Lahore. I am so glad for all the students who made their parents, teachers and country proud. Please send me a website on which we can see our reults on internet, worldwide. Cheers, Arooj."
Name: AROOJ FATIMA
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan
"What is my result for the "o" level june exam 2008?"
City, Country: Brunei
"Assalam aAlikum to all. I am one of the top scorers at my college, Myers College Chakwal. I was so happy as the moments of wait ad tension turned joyous in a flickering moment. My all class-mates passed the exams with good grades. For the most, I am happy for Maimoona Fatoma who got straight 8 As. Thisis really a praise-worthy job for a student from this city of Punjab where only Myers is providing the education of O and A level. Finally, I would also like to know the web-site from where we can view our result. "
Name: Dawood Fakhir
City, Country: Chakwal, Pakistan
"Hey!! I scored straight 10 As and got into Beaconhouse at a 100% scholarship!! me soo happy!! "
Name: Hira Burhan
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan
"Im a student of Salamat Girls ICAS and I got straight As too. I was proud until I found out about the unparalleled achievement attained by a SISA student. 8 As in A levels is really exceptional. Makes people like me feel very ordinary."
Name: Amina Qureshi
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan
"ive also scored striaght As in o levels but theres a dillema like the way editors have mentioned about good scores in cities like khi lhr they should equally focus on smaller cities. salamats 2 As have been mentioned but bss gujranwalas 9 str8 As ignoreD? DUUH ."
Name: hashim kaleem
City, Country: gujranwala, Pakistan
"can any of you plz send me the date on which Olevel results would be announced plz send it."
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan
"can any of u plzz tell u how to know the result for private candidates A levels? "
Name: AREEJ ZIA
City, Country: lahore, Pakistan
"hey every one.. alwayz a great pleasure to look back to o-level dayz.. SISA rooccckks... t.c "
Name: shaarif basheer
City, Country: lahore, Pakistan
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