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Inter results: Girls clinch top positions

KARACHI, Sept 28, 2007: Girls once again took the lead in the results of the HSC (Commerce) examinations 2007 announced by the Board of Intermediate Education (BIEK) on Thursday.

The overall first position was clinched by Samreen, daughter of Manzoor Hussain, of the Institute of Business Education PECHS, who secured 947 out of 1,100 marks (86.09 per cent).

The second position was shared by Sana, daughter of Mohammad Younus Ali Mohammad, of the Government College of Commerce and Economics, and Marium, daughter of Ghulam Hayat, of the Institute of Business Eduction. Both secured 938 marks each (85.27 per cent). Sumaira Hayat, also of Institute of Business Education and sister of Marium, the second position-holder, stood third by obtaining 936 marks (85.09 per cent).

As many as 22,630 candidates appeared in the examinations and of them 12,612 were declared successful with a pass percentage of 56.

Among the male candidates, Qaiser Abbas of College of Emerging Technology stood first followed by Syed Mohammad Mujtaba of Institute of Business Education. Sohail Abdul Wahid of the IBE stood third among boys and shared the overall sixth position with Bushra Taj of the Government College of Commerce and Economics.

According to statistics, the pass percentage among the female candidates remained 71.71 while the same remained a dismal 47.41 among the males.

A total of 95 candidates secured A-1 grade while 1,238 got A-grade, 2,972 B-grade, 4,682 C-grade, 3400 D-grade and 225 candidates obtained E-grade.

Private candidates

According to the results of the HSC (Commerce) private group's examination, Mohammad Ibrahim Shah, son of Mian Darwaish, obtained 889 out of 1,100 marks stood first in the order of merit.

Faiza, daughter of Abdul Razzaq, and Seema, daughter of Abdur Rasheed, secured second and third positions with 859 and 851 marks respectively. Madiha Yousuf, Samiullah Jan Mohammad and Sabira Bano grabbed the 4th, 5th and 6th positions.

Some 9,144 candidates got registered and 8,701 appeared in the private examinations out of which 3,107 were declared successful.

The pass percentage remained 35.71 while only one candidate secured A-1 grade. Some 35 candidates got A-grade while 304 got B-grade, 1,220 C-grade, 1,421 D-grade and 123 could get E-grade while three of the candidates were declared passed.

'Commerce gaining popularity'

Speaking at the certificate distribution ceremony, Anwar Ahmed Zai, chairman of the BIEK, said that commerce faculty had been gaining popularity among the students at the intermediate level with the passage of time. He said as many as 32,000 candidates appeared in this year's HSC (Commerce) annual examination 2007 while the number of candidates had been 29,000 last year.

He said while the number of candidates at the intermediate level had been on the rise, a decrease had been witnessed in the number of students of pre-medical and pre-engineering groups.

Mr Zai said that the overall result remained six per cent less than that had been recorded the previous year despite addition of two per cent grace marks as ordered by the Sindh governor (the controlling authority), which showed a decrease in the use of unfair means during examinations.

He said that the BIEK would opt for objective format of examinations from the next year and no candidate with less than 75 per cent attendance would be allowed to take the exams.

Besides, Mr Zai said, action would also be taken against those institutions next year the performance of which remained less than ten per cent. Dawn
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