Matric results: Girls clinch top positions in BSEK annual exams

Pass percentage of general group students rises by 5% this year. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Pass percentage of general group students rises by 5% this year. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: The Board of Secondary Education, Karachi, (BSEK) has ended the wait of 95 special candidates and 24,583 general group students who appeared in the annual examination this year by announcing their results.

With girls clinching all six positions in special and general group results, BSEK has awarded position holders with cash prizes – Rs50,000 has been awarded to the first position holder, Rs30,000 to the second and Rs20,000 to the third.

As promised in last year’s ceremony, BSEK issued computerised enrolment cards this year and has promised to issue computerised admit cards next year. BSEK chairperson Anwar Ahmed Zai announced that they are improving the examination system and will be keeping strict checks on schools.

Zai referred to the position holders as ‘the bright future of the country’ and also dedicated all the shields and awards to late philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi. He said that the board will be changing its paper pattern – the objective section will be increased to 40% from 20%. From the passing candidates, 70% of students are from private schools while the rest are from government schools. The ceremony’s chief guest, Faisal Edhi, demanded that the government increase the education and health budgets to provide better facilities to the people. He also said that there is a dire need to revive public schools and decrease the number of out-of-school children. “If we continue to live this way and do not do anything, the people will not forgive us,” he added.

General group

A student of the Citizen Secondary School, Amen Baloch, scored the first position in the Matric general group by securing 87.17%, with 741 out of 850 marks. The second position was secured by Alifiya Burhanuddin with 86.58%. Hina Javed from DA Neelum High School secured 86.35% with 734 marks, attaining the third position out of 24,263 students who appeared for the Matriculation examination this year. Zai announced that the pass percentage in the general group this year increased by 5% compared to last year.

According to the results, 124 students got A-1 grade. Meanwhile, 1,199 students managed to secure A grade. Another 3,783 and 6,424 students gained B and C grades, respectively, while 4,723 candidates received D grades in their Secondary School Certificate (SSC) part-II examination, 2016. With the aim to be a teacher of Economics or Islamiat, Baloch will be the first female in her family to pursue a career in teaching. “I teach my younger brother and sisters and I feel there is a need of trained teachers in our country,” she said.

Special candidates

Among the special candidates, all the three positions were secured by students of DEWA Academy for the Deaf. Wafa Naz secured the first position with 83.52% and 710 marks, while Mobina Khan and Ume Hani gained second and third positions with 703 and 685 marks, respectively.

The BSEK chairperson said that the pass percentage of the special candidates is 100% while 82 candidates achieved first division and 13 managed to secure second division.

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