Karachi: The results of the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) examination of the Aga Khan University Education Board (AKU-EB) were announced on Wednesday and female students have once again have taken the lead by securing the top three positions.
Afshan Hussain of the Habib Girls School bagged the first position at 87.72 percent. The second and third positions were secured by Aga Khan Higher Secondary School’s Sadori (87.54 percent) and Sadaf Batool Rizvi (86.45 percent), respectively.
The overall passing rate of the exams was 91 percent, with 13.1 percent of the candidates scoring the A1 grade in HSSC Part-I and 15.8 percent scoring the A1 grade in HSSC Part-II.
“Heartiest congratulations to all the candidates for showing wonderful overall performance this year,” said Karima Kara, the associate director of the AKU-EB.
“Congratulations to the teachers and affiliated schools too for their efforts in preparing students for our examinations, which test their thinking and reasoning abilities rather than memories,” she added.
“And this is what leads them to success in university entrance tests, and later in higher studies,” she said while talking about the competitiveness of the AKU-EB’s candidates being increasingly recognised by the universities across Pakistan and abroad.
Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programme scholar Afshan Hussain, who bagged the first position, could not contain her excitement.
“I dedicate this position to my parents and teachers who placed so much confidence in me that I could do it,” she said.
Talking about her experience of studying in the United States under the YES programme, she said: “I realised that they challenged our thinking in a similar way as the AKU-EB does through its syllabi, so I didn’t have any problems in my studies. For example, understanding concepts, use of technology, research and interactive presentations, which boost our self-confidence and reasoning skills.”
Sharing her secrets for success, she said: “Students should focus on hard work, and trust in their own abilities; success will follow automatically. This is how I achieved it.”
AKU-EB Associate Director Karima Kara also shared examples of the board’s alumni who were performing well at local and international universities. One of them is Shahzad Ali, who is currently studying at a private university.
She said: “Through one of his class projects, he (Shahzad Ali) was able to save his university up to Rs2 million every month in energy costs. This is a huge tangible impact of good education which trains students to think outside the box. We are so proud of Shahzad’s accomplishment who gave back to the institution through his talents.”