Karachi: Girls outshined boys by bagging the top positions as well as twice as many A-1 grades in the matriculation exams results announced on Friday.
In the science group, as many as 8,703 (9.2 percent) students got through with the A-1 grade. Around 23.8 percent obtained the A-grade, followed by 31.7 percent and 25.7 percent, who secured B and C grades, respectively, according to the figures released by Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) exam controller Noman Ahsan.
Another 9.1 percent managed to scrape through with a D grade.
A total of 135,031 students had registered out of which 69.7 percent passed the exams as compared to about 71 percent last year. The exams were held earlier this year in March
Marwa Tanveer, a student of Usman Public School, bagged the top position with 796 marks out of a total of 850 (93.6 percent).
The second position was shared by Mahnoor Rehman of the Usman Public School and Muhammad Anas Ghani of the Metropolitan Academy, both of whom secured 789 marks (92.9 percent).
Saad Khalid of the Kulsoom Bai Valika Civil Aviation Authority Model School bagged the third position with 785 marks of 92.3 percent.
The BSEK also organised a ceremony to award high achievers. The position holders remarked that the board should change its examination pattern, stop repeating questions and focus on text books to cover curriculum.
BSEK Chairman Fasihuddin Khan agreed and said the board did indeed need to change how it tested students in exams.
Marks certificates will be issued to the schools within 15 days.
Out of the total 26,245 students who took the exams for the general group, 206 students passed with an A-1 grade.
Asna Siddiqui bagged the first position with 92.2 percent marks, followed by Lubaba Mustaqim with 91.7 percent marks and Hania Waqas with 90.1 percent bagging the third position.
All three girl students had also memorised the Quran by heart and belonged to the Iqra Huffaz Girls Secondary School, situated in North Nazimabad.
The BSEK also announced the results of around 116 special candidates who took the matric exams.
Around 90.5 percent of the students were successful, according to the figures provided by the BSEK. The first and the third positions were bagged by the Dewa Academy for the Deaf, with Muhammad Ahmed Khan and Irtisam Babar Khan securing 87.6 percent and 84.7 percent marks, respectively. Beenish of the Anjuman Behbood-e-Samat-e-Atfal School bagged the second position by obtaining 85.7 percent marks.