Pakistani students top 9 in A Levels
ISLAMABAD, Feb 23(Daily Times): Nine Pakistani students were world toppers in different A Level's
subjects under the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).
Among them was Fahad Mahmood of City School, Islamabad, who scooped two
Another 55 Pakistanis topped different subjects in the O Level
examinations conducted last June. The successful students were presented awards
at a High Achievers ceremony organised by the British Council in partnership
with the CIE.
Fahad took the honours in Thinking Skills and Physics to
emerge as the world topper. He also received an award for topping chemistry in
Pakistan. His proud mother collected the awards on his behalf to a thunderous
applause from parents and students. Simon Lebus, Cambridge Assessment group
chief executive, and Ms Jo Bakowski, the British Council director, gave away
certificates and prizes to the High Achievers.
Terming as fantastic the
achievements of the students, Lebus said that schools in Pakistan had great
academic records and that teaching methods always brought unbelievable
William Bickerdike, the University's regional manager in South
Asia, pointed out that the Pakistani students had shown a marked improvement.
"There were only three world toppers last year in A Level, but we have nine this
time," he said, adding "Similarly, there are more toppers in O Levels than last
year." "We have made comparisons and seen that students from Pakistan achieve
high grades, which is the result of the excellent teaching in Pakistani
schools," he said.
The students who topped the world in the O Level from
the Islamabad region were Ali Moeen Nawazish in Computer Science (St Mary's
Academy, Rawalpindi), Alyna Ahmed in English Literature (Khaldunia High School,
Islamabad), Farhan Shaukat in Mathematics Syllabus-D (St Mary's Academy,
Rawalpindi), Myra Ejaz in Economics (Islamabad Prepatory School) and Sameea
Najam Butt in History and World Affairs since 1919 (Headstart School,
Fahad was the only A Level student taking world honours from
Islamabad. Four of the students in the highest award category are from Lahore
and another three from Karachi. Syeda Saba and Zehra Zaidi achieved the highest
marks in Islamabad across five Cambridge International A Levels while Hira
Yousaf received the award for being best in nine International O Levels.