Matric (general) results: External candidates do better

Matric (general) exams: External candidates do better than regular students
Karachi, June 30: Only 224 - or 0.74 per cent - of 30,417 regular and private students obtained Grade A-1 in the Secondary School Certificate part-II (class X) general group annual examinations 2009, the results announced on Monday by the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) showed.

The overall pass percentage in the exams is 62.23 per cent, which is three per cent higher than the pass percentage of the previous year's examinations.

However, this year's pass percentage is nine per cent less when compared to the results of the 2007 exams of the same group. It is, however, surprising to note that the pass percentage of the private candidates in the exams is higher than that of the regular candidates as it stands at 64.55per cent and 61.72 per cent, respectively.

The first and the third positions in the exams are bagged by students of the Mama Parsi Girls Secondary School while a student of BVS Parsi High School has clinched the second position.

Farah Dhunjishaw Ferozepurwalla (roll no.637561), daughter of Dhunjishaw Ferozepurwalla, topped in the examinations. She got 765 marks out of the total 850 marks (90 per cent).

Farhan Hasan Siddiqui (roll no.602549), son of Mashahid Hasan Siddiqui, got the second position. He obtained 747 marks (87.88 per cent).

Amun Arif Siddiqui (roll no.637555), daughter of Arif Ahmed Siddiqui, bagged the third position with 745 marks (87.65 per cent).

A total of 30,417 students - 24,937 regular and 5,480 private - appeared in the exams and 18,876 students (15,392 regular and 3,484 private) have been declared pass in different grades.

Statistics released by the BSEK showed that of the total 24,937 regular students (6,299 boys and 18,638 girls) who appeared in the exams, only 213 candidates - (49 boys and 164 girls) 0.85 per cent - got Grade A-1.

Statistics further showed that 1,563 candidates - (411 boys and 1,152 girls) 6.27pc - secured grade A.

Some 4,049 candidates - (1,225 boys and 2,824 girls) 16.24 per cent - obtained Grade B.

A total of 5,720 candidates - (1,593 boys and 4,127 girls) 22.94pc - got Grade C.

Around 3,585 candidates - (1,100 boys and 2,485 girls) 14.38pc - secured Grade D.

And according to the statistics, some 262 students - (93 boys and 169 girls) 1.05pc - were declared pass in Grade E.

Among 5,480 private candidates - (3,735 boys and 1,745 girls) - only 11 candidates - (3 boys and 8 girls) 0.20pc - secured Grade A-1.

Around 220 candidates - (147 boys and 73 girls) 4.01pc - got grade A.

A total of 857 candidates - (625 boys and 232 girls) 15.64pc - obtained Grade B.

A total of 1,237 candidates - (916 boys and 321 girls) 22.57pc - got Grade C.

While a total of 862 candidates - (651 boys 211 girls) 15.73pc - secured Grade D. Some 58 candidates - (49 boys and nine girls) 1.06pc - were placed in Grade E. Dawn

BSEK exam standards criticised at ceremony to honour position holders
Karachi: The World Bank has expressed dissatisfaction over the standards of the examination system across Sindh, and demanded that written tests should be conducted for candidates applying for the teaching profession, Sindh Education Minister Pir Mahzar Ul Haq said on Monday.

He said this while speaking to a gathering at the Karachi Press Club (KPC), held in honour of position holders of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Part II (Matriculation) General Group (Regular and Private) Annual Examination, 2009.

On this occasion, the minister also announced cash prizes for successful candidates.

The overall first position holder in the examination, Farah Dhunjish Ferozepurwalla of the Mama Parsi Girls School, was awarded Rs30,000, while Rs20,000 and Rs10, 000 were awarded to Farhan Hasan Siddiqui of the Bai Virbaiji Sopariwala (BVS) Parsi High School and Amun Arif Siddiqui, another student of the Mama Parsi Girls School, for securing the second and third position respectively.

Sindh Education Minister Pir Mahzar Ul Haq also congratulated the three position holders, their parents and teachers over the outstanding achievement.

The Karachi Press Club presented 'Ajraks' to the position holders. The senior minister also asserted that the standards of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) education system needs to be improved and all efforts should be made for raising it to world-class standards.

Replying to a question, Pir Mahzar said that he had submitted the on-service list of professors to the Sindh Governor, so that people from that list would be short-listed for high-level employment at the Board of Secondary Education Karachi instead of hiring any retired army officer or contractual employees.

Farah and Farhan said that they would like to become Chartered Accountant by profession.

Anum appreciated the efforts made by the Sindh Governor to take serious action against the cheating mafia, and said that it boosted her morale and that of other students.

All the position holders credited their success to their parents, teachers and schools' principals. They said that the examination should not be based on the descriptive pattern, and the board should adopt Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) format or other models to increase the creativity level of students.

Replying to a question regarding the effect of power failures on their preparations, the position holders denied it, adding that the problem did occur but it never bothered them at any great length.

They also suggested that the course ought to be updated and obsolete content removed from the curriculum. They also advised that the old syllabi needs to be revised.

Former Controller of Examination, Board of Secondary Education Karachi, Syed Jawed Iftikhar, who was sidelined from the post for taking action against the 'cheating-mafia', said that unfortunately some parents and teachers encouraged and patronised the cheating culture, and this system should come to an immediate end to improve the standard of examination.

He advised Board of Secondary Education Karachi to issue a 'model examination paper' to the students at the beginning of the education year.

He believed that it would help students and increase their ability to solve the paper more accurately and correctly.

All Private Schools Management Association (APSMA) Central Chairman Khalid Shah distributed gifts among the position holders.

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LLB (Final) exam from July 2
Karachi: The Examination Department, University of Karachi, has announced that LL.B (Final) annual examination 2009 will commence from July 02, 2009. All the students of KU affiliated law colleges have been directed to collect their admit cards and examination program from their respective colleges. The News

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CSS exam qualifiers left in limbo
Larkana: The 684 candidates who have passed the Central Superior Services examinations-2008 have appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari to immediately appoint chairman of the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) so that he gives final approval to their appointment to 445 vacant posts in different departments.

They said that the commission had been running without a chairman since March 30 when its chairman relinquished the charge.

"It's a constitutional post and only the president is empowered to appoint an appropriate person to the top slot. It is chairman's prerogative to approve the final group allocations," they said.

They said that they had been waiting for the group allocations since they qualified the exam in March this year and the delay had worried them.

The CSS-2008 examinations were held in March 2008 in which 4,247 candi- dates appeared from across the country and only 684 candidates could clear all the tests.

The commission declared the results on March 11, 2009 after completing interviews, medical and psychological tests in February. Sindh rural had 11.4 quota with 75 seats and only 29 candidates qualified and Sindh urban had 60 seats with 7.6 per cent quota and only 21 candidates qualified.

A candidate said on condition of anonymity that the allocations had already been finalised but only the new chairman would countersign it before a notification was issued by the establishment division.

A candidate from Larkana said that the delay was causing them mental trauma as they were uncertain about their future.

Sources said that the name of former Chief Justice of Supreme Court Abdul Hameed Dogar was being considered for the seat of chairman.

"I expect to join the Civil Services Academy, Lahore in January 2010 after a long wait of two years," said a candidate.

The secretary of FPSC was unavailable for comments. Dawn

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