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Pakistani Students clinch top position in UK examination systems

Rawalpindi, March 05, 2008: Some Nine Pakistani students belonging to different schools in Islamabad clinched top positions in O level and A Level examination under Cambridge International Examination (CIE) Edexcel Board and ACCA (UK) Award distribution ceremony among the high achievers of the position followed by a Press conference was held at a local hotel here on Tuesday.

British Deputy High Commissioner (DHC) in Islamabad Ray Kyles was the chief guest on the occasion, besides others David Davies, Regional Relationship Manager Edexcel Board, Arif Masud Mirza head of ACCA (Pakistan) and Nasir Kazmi Director Islamabad also attended the ceremony.

In the ceremony organized by the British Council certificates and shields were distributed among the top position holding Pakistanis students in the examination session 2007, conducted by CIE, Edexcel and ACCA (UK).

The ceremony was attended besides the large number of people including schools principals, teachers, students and their parents.

Overall 16 students received awards by the Edexcel board with 02 students achieving top position in the world, while Cambridge International examination awarded 52 students with 09 topping the world. ACCA awarded 9 students and 04 students received awards from University of London.

Addressing the gathering British DHC Kyles, congratulated the students for showing their brilliant performance saying the UK's education standards are among the highest in the world, and contributed to the success of the Britain today in business, science and technology, law and the media.

He said British Education system helps you in getting better education and future.

Earlier, William Bickerdike, Regional Manager University of Cambridge International Examinations while addressing a press conference said "what is so impressive about the performance of students in Pakistan is that it is consistently brilliant, year after year" saying this year is no exception, reflecting the fact that the levels of preparation and endeavor are as high as ever.", he added.

John Gildea Director Examinations Pakistan and Suhail Zafar Regional Development Manger Edexcel also addressed the press conference.

William further added that "it has become almost a tradition for Pakistani students to attain the highest possible mark in their syllabus, adding, but the point needs to be made that these students are in competition with a very large global cohort. Saying to achieve the highest global mark in the face of so much competition from the rest of the world is all the more commendable," he mentioned.

Responding to a question William said that facilities for A and O level examinations was not limited to major cities of Pakistan, where the British Council centers are available even in the small cities and remote areas, he added.

To another question, William informed that we have been planning to conduct Teacher's training course in three cities of Pakistan including Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi saying courses are opened for all teachers to participate, he added.

Following is the list of students who topped in the world in 'O' Level from Islamabad:

Second Language Urdu: Maham Ajmal (Beaconhouse School); Commerce: Mahrukh Pasha (OPF Girls College); Mathematics (Syllabus D): Muhammad Junaid Farooq (Beaconhouse School); Principles of Accounts: Rabia Shahid (Beaconhouse School); Additional Mathematics: Saeed Ahmad Khan (The City School, Islamabad); Literature in English: Seyhr Ali Qayum (Headstart School); Religious Studies (Bible Knowledge): Shamron Innocent Bhatti (Beaconhouse School); Business Studies: Talal Javed Qadri (British Council Islamabad). App
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