CIE O and A Level results 2013
CIE results make some happy, sadden others
Karachi, Aug 15: For some the Independence Day celebrations were cut short but for many the
joy was doubled as the Cambridge examination results were announced on
More than 8,000 students across Pakistan sat for
the O- and A-Level exams in the May-June session. The students had to
re-take the papers of O-Level Islamiat and Pakistan Studies after
questions were leaked out in Pakistan. But the marks for the two papers
were issued with the overall results.
Anxious parents and
students crowded outside schools as early as 10pm. Many students had
spent sleepless nights before the announcement.
understand. This is the most important day of my life. This will make
or break my future," said Marium Ahmed, an O-Level student.
many students getting good grades meant availing the numerous
scholarships that A-Level schools offer. "I managed to score two 'A's in
my Advanced Subsidiary Level," said an overjoyed Muzna Tauheed, who
studies at The City School. "This means I get a scholarship in the
second year [of A-Level] as well."
Generally, A-Level schools guarantee scholarships to O-Level students if they are able to score good marks.
calls for two celebrations tomorrow – Independence Day and my results,"
said Moiz Ahmed, an A-Level student from the Beaconhouse School System
who managed to get two 'A's in his A-Level.
from the Foundation Public School was content with having achieved two
'B's. "I am happy. Parents need to understand A-Level is tough. A 'B' is
a very good grade," she said.
While schools were still
tabulating results till this report was written, some of them agreed to
share their views.
Mahvish Abrar, the
assistant regional director at the City School said: "We are very happy
with our results. The criterion for giving out scholarships is still
The City School has eight O-Level and
four A-Level campuses in the city. "From Karachi, the highest number of
students appeared from our schools."
Huma Thaver, the
principal of the recently launched A-Level section at the Dawood Public
School, said: "I am very happy with my girls. They have made me proud.
We received 100 percent results in most subjects."
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) are offered at 500 schools
across Pakistan. In a statement published on the CIE website, CEO
Michael O Sullivan said: "We are honoured to be trusted with such an
important role in the education of the young people of Pakistan. We take
very seriously our duties to ensure that all the examinations which
students take are fair and that all candidates receive a valid result."
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UK issues warning to Pakistani students seeking study visas
Karachi: The United Kingdom government has issued a warning to all students applying
for a study visa to be particularly aware of any agents promising a
speedy visa process, as many of them are involved in forgery of
"In 2012 alone, the UK received around 3,000
applications from Pakistan with forged documents," said Mandy Ivemy, the
UK Regional Manager for Visas and Immigration, while speaking at a
press conference at the British Deputy High Commission on Wednesday.
said that an urgent need was felt for the meeting as, after the
Advanced Level examination results are released next week, frantic
students will be embroiled in a race to meet deadlines for university
"If a visa application is found to have forged
documents, the applicant is immediately banned for 10 years," said
Ivemy, "It takes a maximum of three weeks, or 15 working days, to
process a visa application, and students often disregard this fact,
resulting in unnecessary panic ensuing."
that, while the British government has and will always welcome 'genuine
students and visitors', it is also taking concrete steps to discourage
'those who cause harm to the country'.
Ivemy stated that
the UK authorities may conduct online interviews of applicants to
ascertain their English speaking skills, followed by another interview
at the British High Commission in Islamabad, if needed. "English skills
of students are already checked through exams such as the IELTS, so this
interview is just a quality assurance measure," she said.
is no exact checklist but factors such as financial status and
English-speaking skills are considered important," replied Ivemy, when
questioned about the criteria students must meet to qualify as
"Students are also expected to be able to
afford the first year of their university degree, which means the bank
statement they submit should prove it," she said.
also highlighted illegal overstays as another pressing concern with
regards to Pakistani students. "Those who receive a student visa are
expected to leave as soon as they finish their studies but there have
been instances when Pakistani students have overstayed illegally. In any
such case, we have no choice but to deport them," she stated.
response to a question regarding the £3000 deposit that students are
sometimes required to submit, Ivemy said that it was a pilot project by
the UK, aimed at establishing whether these financial bonds from
immigrants can benefit the country's economy. "However, only a small
proportion of applicants are asked to submit the deposit," she claimed,
adding that New Zealand and Australia also follow the same policy.
concluded by stating that, while student applications have decreased
after introduction of stricter immigration policies, the number of
international students in UK universities has gone up, 'indicating that
the genuine students have not been turned away'. The news
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