Equivalence certificates for O and A level students
Equivalence certificates for CIE candidates
Karachi, Oct 15: Confusion still persists with regards to the process of
equating marks obtained by O and A level students, particularly those
with 'A+' grade, as the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) has yet
to issue a clear decision.
Students following the Cambridge
International Examination (CIE) system are still roaming from pillar to
post to get their equivalence certificates from the IBCC. CIE had
introduced 'A+' grade from this year, while earlier 'A' grade was the
highest rating awarded to the students. Meanwhile, the chairmen are
offering 90 marks to the students who had secured 'A+' grade in their
respective exams while 85 marks are being offered against 'A' grade.
the last meeting of IBCC held at Abbottabad, it was expected that a
formal decision would be taken on basis of the recommendations of the
sub-committee formulated to scrutinise this matter. The sub committee
held its meeting in Lahore in the month of August this year but the
matter did not have a final outcome," Chairman, Board of Intermediate
Karachi (BIEK), Anwar Ahmed Zai told The News.
aggravated particularly when CIE, through the British Council, decided
to award A+ grade to O-level students from the year 2010. Previously,
this grade was not in the fold of the schedule of O level examination.
The grades earlier were 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D', and 'E'," he said.
revision of conversion formula for O and A levels was considered in at
least four meetings of IBCC held on different occasions but every time
the decision was deferred, although in the meeting of Inter-Provincial
Education Ministers' Conference, it was already agreed that if the
British examination bodies were ready to print actual marks instead of
standardised percentage on the certificates, the IBCC and Ministry of
Education will consider the conversion of marks and for that purpose, a
new schedule of conversion would be devised," he further said.
Committee constituted for this purpose had already recommended that 'A+'
candidates should be equated with 90 marks whereas 'A' grade with 85,
'B' grade as 75, 'C' grade as 65, 'D' as 55 and 'E' grade should be
equated to the extent of 45 marks respectively, Zai added.
formula was tagged with the condition that the British examination
bodies through the British Council would be asked to start printing
actual marks obtained by each student so that the same is considered for
"It was further learnt that the British examination
body has agreed to limit the number of students achieving 'A+' grades.
Furthermore they have also agreed to discontinue the printing of
percentage or percentiles on their certificates after the introduction
of 'A+' grade," Zai added.
It is further learnt that this situation
is also creating problems for the students who intend to seek admissions
to professional colleges.
It is worth noting that the IBCC also
could not reach any decision in its last meeting after President Asif
Ali Zardari's directives for allowing 10 per cent marks to the scouts
who took examination at Intermediate level. These directives were
communicated to the IBCC through the Ministry of Education and National
Organisation of Pakistan Scouts way back in September 2009. The news
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38 commerce colleges show abysmal performance
Karachi: More than 80 per cent students of 38 public and private
sector colleges in the city failed in the Higher Secondary Certificate,
Commerce group (regular candidates), annual examinations conducted by
the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi this year.
educational institutions whose students' performance in the exams
remained abysmal include 27 government colleges, three private colleges,
four government higher secondary schools and four private higher
In all, 6,043 students belonging to these 38
colleges appeared in the examinations, but only 794 were declared
successful with just two candidates getting Grade A-1 and eight securing
Grade A.Moreover, there are 14 educational institutions - 11 government
colleges and three private colleges - whose pass percentage in the
exams remained less than 10.
Commenting on the poor performance
of the colleges in the exams, BIEK chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai said
that he would soon be issuing notices to the heads of all those
educational institutions whose pass percentage in examinations remained
below 20 per cent, asking them to explain the reasons behind such an
abysmal performance of their students in the exams.
they failed to give any satisfactory reply, the board would have no
option but to either suspend or cancel their affiliation in accordance
with the board's rules and regulations, he said.
The BIEK had
conducted a similar exercise last year. Most principals of government
colleges had attributed the cause of abysmal performance of their
institutions to the shortage of teachers and the BIEK chairman took up
the issue with the director-general college of Sindh and the latter
reportedly took some initiative to overcome the lingering issue of
Well-placed sources told Dawn that although
the BIEK could cancel the affiliation of all those educational
institutions whose pass percentage in the exams remained below 20 per
cent for two consecutive years, its chairman who despite suspending the
affiliation of some colleges last year had to defer the disaffiliation
of such colleges knowing that the students would be the ultimate
sufferers in the event of such a drastic action.
The BIEK chief
had cautioned them that if the overall pass percentage of their
students remained below 20 per cent for two consecutive years, their
students would not be allowed to take the exams from their respective
institutions. However, such students could submit their exam forms
through other institutions whose affiliation with the BIEK remained
According to statistics of the results compiled by the
BIEK, female candidates not only clinched second and third positions but
their overall pass percentage was also over 16 per cent higher than
Moreover, girls secured maximum number of 81
Grade A-1 as compared to 46 obtained by boys although the number of
girls who took the exam was 13,633 as against 19,527 boys.
Similarly, there were 904 girls who secured Grade A as compared to 572 obtained by boys.
However, the grades in which boys outnumbered girls were Grade D and E.
There were in all 4,555 Grad D (2,895 boys and 1,660 girls) and 279 Grade E (223 boys and 56 girls). Dawn
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