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Cambridge O & A level results | KU Admission policy

The day that was all about As, Bs, Cs…
Karachi, Aug 15: Karachi It was a day of shouts of jubilation and heavy sighs for O- and A-level students on Monday as the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) announced their results. By 10am, the city's O- and Alevel schools had cars of anxious parents and students lined up outside their premises. Many had spent a sleepless night before the big day. "I have been up since six in the morning waiting for someone at home to wake up and takeme to school," said Tooba Gufran, an A-level student. "I took a sigh of relief that I passed with an A, B and C.

The A is a saviour." Many students believe that their future depends on their results. "Which college or university you end up in depends entirely on your grades. It is a make or break point in our lives," said HareemSalman, an O-level student. Abbas Kamran at the Nixor Collegewas optimistic that as he had studied hard, his results would show that. He ended up with what he called an "above-average result", which for him, meant he gets to apply to a college in the UK. "A bad result would have meant studying at a local university," he smirked. An overjoyed Ashhad Azam, who scored A+ in two subjects and A in the same number of subjects in his A-levels, believed his dreams had turned to reality. "It's one of the best feelings I have had in ages." Azamis all set to apply to the Lahore University of Management Science. "You never know I could win a scholarship to an Ivy League university, and make my parents proud. I am a dreamer!" he laughed. For many, the most irritating point arrives when the "uncles and aunties" call them to compare their grades with those of their sons and daughters. "Seriously, the elders need to stop doing that. My grade is not my Chacha's friend's business," said an irritated Komal Batool, an A-level student at The City School.

As the managements of the schools were dealing with the exhaustive task of giving out the results, they apologised for not being able to comment. As a general practice, the CIE never reveals the number of candidates, who appeared for the examinations. Uzma Yousuf, the communications manager for the CIE in Pakistan, said she would comment only after she gets an approval from the head office in the UK.

According to an article by Richard Garner published in the UK-based Independent, itmight have become easier to score an A grade in O- and A-levels because of the policies adopted by the board. "A-levels were first introduced in 1951. They were awarded a pass or fail. A grading structure did not emerge until 1963 when pupils could be awarded an A, B, C, D, E, O or F grade. O was equal to an O-level pass, F was failure. Grades were normreferenced – 10 percent received A grade, 15 percent C grade, etc. The pass rate was 70 percent with the rest awarded O or F. The system was abolished in 1983 and grades were awarded according tomerit. The number of A grade achievers has since risen from10 percent to 27 percent and the pass rate from 70 percent to 97.8 percent, fuelling claims of grade inflation. The news

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Admission policy of KU slammed
Hyderabad: Members of the Indus Social Forum demonstrated outside the local press club on Tuesday in protest against admission policy of Karachi University.

Carrying banners and placards, they were shouting slogans against the university.

Leading the protest, Irfan Brohi, Asad Jogi and Hussain Leghari said the policy deprived students from interior of Sindh of admission to Karachi University.

They demanded of the government that over 600 students from interior of Sindh should be admitted to the varsity every year and Karachi, Sindh and Pakistan (KSP) category should be abolished so that students from 22 districts of the province could seek admission.

They said that according to the KSP category, the varsity preferred residents of Karachi, then residents of interior of Sindh and other three provinces. They said that only 30 seats had been reserved in the varsity for students of 22 districts of Sindh and described it as injustice.

Our Shikarpur correspondent adds: Activists of the Indus Social Forum demonstrated to press the authorities concerned to increase the admission quota in Karachi University for students from interior Sindh. Dawn

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We are a united nation: KU VC
Karachi: "The Independence Day of Pakistan reminds us that we are a united nation struggling hard to attain freedom under the guidance and leadership of Quaid-e-Azam. We celebrate this day to rejuvenate the promises made with our beloved homeland." Vice Chancellor (VC) University of Karachi (KU) Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser said this while speaking at the Independence Day ceremony at the new administration block of the university here on Tuesday. "We should not forget the problems faced by the nation," Dr Qaiser said and added, "We are fortunate to celebrate this promising day during the holy month of Ramazan, which gives us an opportunity to pray for our country's prosperous future." The VC advised that during our celebrations, it is pertinent to maintain the sanctity of Ramazan. The ceremony was attended by university registrar, deans of all the faculties, and a large number of faculty members and employees.

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KU's ASCE publish book on Europe and Muslim World
Karachi: The Area Study Centre for Europe (ASCE), University of Karachi (KU) has published a book titled 'Europe and the Muslim World: Coexistence or Conflict?' Director ASCE Prof Dr Moonis Ahmer stated this on Monday. He said that authored by Ambassador (r) Shahid M Amin, the book gives a detailed account of conflict and cooperation between Europe and the Muslim world by giving a rich historical and cultural background of Muslim and Islamic presence in Europe and the present bias and intolerance prevailing in some European countries about Muslim immigrants in Europe. Meanwhile, KU registrar announced on Monday that the KU and its affiliated colleges would remain closed for the Eidul Fitr holidays from August 20 to 22. He said that the university and its affiliated colleges would also remain closed on August 16 on account of Shab-i-Qadr. Daily times

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