Girls outshine boys in SSC (Science) exams
Karachi, July 16: Girls outclassed boys in the Secondary School Certificate (Science) annual examinations (2009) by securing 8,257 A-1 grades as compared to 4,800 A-Is obtained by boys, though 16,718 more boys than girls sat the exams.
In all, 115,722 candidates (66,220 boys and 49,502 girls) appeared in the exam and of them, 81,066 (43,898 boys and 37,168 girls) were declared passed in different grades.
The results declared on Wednesday by the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) showed that the overall pass percentage dropped this year by 6.94 as it stood at 70.05 percentage points than last year's 76.99.
According to the statistics, the pass percentage of girl students was 75.08 and those of boys 66.29.
The girls also maintained their supremacy in the merit list of the examination as they clinched all the first three positions, although the second position was shared by a boy and a girl.
Sobia Azfer, daughter of Syed Azfer Ahmed (Roll No 501960), topped the examination by securing 798 of the 850 marks (93.88 per cent). She belonged to the Programmer Secondary School, Sector 11-B, North Karachi.
The second position was shared by Shahzaib Khan, son of Shariq Nadeem (Roll No 418307), and Komal Wakeel, daughter of Abdul Wakeel (Roll No 505983), as both of them got 787 marks (92.59pc). They belonged to the SM Public Academy Campus-5 (Secondary), Gulistan-i-Jauhar and the Little Folks School, North Nazimabad Block F, respectively.
The third position was bagged by Afshar Qadri, daughter of Zafar Ahmed Qadri (Roll No 534769). She secured 786 marks (92.47 pc) and belonged to the BMB Toddlers Girls Secondary School, Frere Road.
Of the total 81,066 successful candidates, 13,057 candidates (4,800 – 7.25pc boys and 8,257 – 16.68pc girls) secured A-1 grade; 23,309 candidates – 20.14pc (1,1627 -- 17.56pc boys and 1,1682 – 23.60pc girls) obtained A grade; 23,272 – 20.11pc (1,3261 – 20.03pc boys and 10,011 -- 20.22pc girls) secured B grade; 16,424 – 14.19pc (10,392 – 15.69pc boys and 6,032 – 12.19pc girls) got C grade; 4,909 – 4.24pc (3,732 – 5.64pc boys and 1,177 – 2.38pc girls) secured D grade while 95 candidates – 0.08pc (86 – 0.13pc boys and nine – 0.02pc girls) were placed in E grade.
The BSEK by declaring the results on July 15 met the deadline fixed by the steering committee of the Sindh education department for announcing the results of SSC annual examinations. Last year's examination results of the same group were announced on July 31, 2008.
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Toppers prefer MCQs, objective questions
Karachi: Top position-holders of this year's Secondary School Certificate (Science) examinations said here on Wednesday that the atmosphere at the examination centres was not congenial as they perspired profusely because of frequent power breakdowns.
"Though we didn't allow the frequent load-shedding to affect our performance in the examinations, we certainly felt uncomfortable while solving papers with sweating hands," they remarked.
All the top position-holders were speaking at a ceremony held in their honour at the Sindh Boy Scouts Headquarters on Wednesday. Karachi University's registrar Prof Rais Alvi presided over the function, where provincial director (literacy) Abdul Wahab Abbasi was the guest of honour.
Sobia Azfer, who topped the examination, said most ills of society could be cured by spreading education in every nook and cranny of the country, adding that by raising the rate of literacy, the nation could overcome a number of problems being currently faced by it.
Replying to a question, she said there was nothing wrong in taking tuitions because by doing so one got additional knowledge of the subject.
Sobia, who intends to become a doctor, said it was for the first time that her school had bagged the first position in the examination.
Both Shahzaib Khan and Komal Wakeel, who shared the second position, said that if the authorities concerned were serious in raising the standard of education, the question papers must contain maximum multiple choice questions (MCQs) instead of questions requiring lengthy descriptive answers.
When asked why boys lagged behind girls in examinations, Komal said probably they were perturbed by the worsening law and order situation in the country.
When the same question was put to Shahzaib, he said boys were unable to concentrate on their studies probably because they took too much interest in movies, the internet and chatting on the phone and the net.
Both second position-holders intend to pursue a career in engineering.
The third position holder, Afshar Qadri, said girls passed their examinations with flying colours because they were more conscious about their studies than boys.
Afshar, who also intends to become a doctor, stressed the need for including more and more objective-type questions in the examinations.
At the outset, all the toppers gave the credit for their grand success to their teachers and parents. Earlier, Prof Alvi and Wahab Abbasi felicitated the top position-holders, their parents and teachers and wished them more success in the future. Dawn
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50 approved for award of PhD, MPhil degrees
Karachi: The Board of Advanced Studies and Research of Karachi University in a meeting chaired by Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui approved award of 26 PhD and 24 MPhil degrees to candidates in various disciplines.
According to the university's spokesman, the names of the candidates who will be awarded PhD degrees are following.
Nudrat Fatima, Syed Tahir Ali, Khaula Shirin, Zaheer Ahmed, Kazim Javaid, Abdul Jabbar, Suhbat Khan, Nasir Khan, Beena Naqvi, Erum Bashir, Ashraf Ali, Aisha Ishrat, Khalil Ahmed, Munir Wasti, Jan Muhammad, Shelina Afroza, Zareen Ilyas, Sabeena Jalal, Shahid Kamal, Asif Ahmed, Monica Shabbir, Syed Nawazish Ali, Huma Aslam Bhatti, Mahnaz Tanvir, Sarah Akhtar and Shaheen Khan.
Tehseen Quds, Kanwal Waseem Khan, Ijlal Hussain, Ishrat Bibi, Leezna Sheir Muhammad, Majeed Ahmed Khan, Shakeel Ahmed Ansari, Mr Waliullah, Muniza Atique, Saadatullah Qazi, Ghulam Mustafa, Afshan Abbas, Mohan Parkash, Nasreen Kazi, Jawaid Hussain, Shuja Izhar Syed, Aminuddin Shaikh, Ahmed Ali Khan, Syed Danish Hasan Ahmed, Mr Jagdesh, Habibullah, Sadia Ishaque, Shahid Ahsan and Suresh Kumar will receive MPhil degrees. Syed Muneer Wasti, Chairman English Department was also awarded a PhD degree in English. Meanwhile the meeting of the KU Academic Council, which was to be held today (Thursday), has been rescheduled to be held on Saturday at 2:30 pm in the Arts auditorium. The News
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