By: Riazul Haq
ISLAMABAD: Keeping with tradition,girls managed to secure the top three positions in the Higher Secondary School Certificate annual examination held in May and June this year. The result of 50,411 candidates who appeared in the examination was announced by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) on Wednesday.
Of the 38,930 regular candidates, 30,527 were declared successful, while out of 11,481 private and former candidates, 6,178 passed the exam. The overall pass average of all candidates stood at 72.30 per cent. The first three positions were clinched by pre-medical students.
Naima Gul of Hamza Army Public School and College (Hamza Camp), Rawalpindi came first with 1,036 marks out of 1,100 while Zainab Khalil, from the same school, got 1,029 marks. The third position was shared. Naima Maqsood of Army Public School and College for Girls, Humayun Road, Rawalpindi and Muhammad Sheharyar Warraich of Army Public School and College for Boys, Ordinance Road, Rawalpindi Cantt both secured 1,023 marks.
Girls also scored the highest marks in the humanities’ group and secured the top three positions in the general science group. In the pre-engineering group, the first and second positions also went to girls whereas the third position in the commerce group was also claimed by a girl.
Amongst regular students, of the 17,713 boys who appeared in the exam, 13,794 passed, while out of 20,208 girls who sat the exam, 16,733 were declared successful. In the case of private and former candidates, 7,252 boys appeared for the exam, out of which 3,231 passed and of the 5,179 girls, 2,947 cleared the exam.
At the ceremony, chief guest Minister of State for Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education Balighur Rehman congratulated successful candidates.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said FBISE’s jurisdiction would be extended and private schools and colleges other than those in cantonments would be affiliated with the board. He also hinted at the introduction of a uniform curriculum across the country in collaboration with provincial education ministries.
About the spillover effect of crises in the Federal Directorate of Education on colleges under its control, Rehman said the ministry was considering taking colleges located in the Islamabad Capital Territory under its wing.
Replying to a question about plagiarism charges against Higher Education Commission Chairperson Javaid Laghari, the minister remarked that if anybody could produce evidence he would surely look into the matter.
According to the FBISE, six cases of cheating were reported this year. The board also urged students, via a press release, whose results have been withheld for non-payment of exam fees to clear their dues so their results can be issued.