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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 her off.

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 hard."

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 happy."

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 commented.

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 grades.

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, 2B's).

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

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"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."
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"What is my result for the "o" level june exam 2008?"
Name: Afnan
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."
Name: talha
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan

"can any of u plzz tell u how to know the result for private candidates A levels? "
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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