By Azizullah Sharif
KARACHI: Girls outclassed boys in the Secondary School Certificate (Science) annual examinations (2009) by securing 8,257 A-1 grades as compared to 4,800 A-Is obtained by boys, though 16,718 more boys than girls sat the exams.
In all, 115,722 candidates (66,220 boys and 49,502 girls) appeared in the exam and of them, 81,066 (43,898 boys and 37,168 girls) were declared passed in different grades.
The results declared on Wednesday by the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) showed that the overall pass percentage dropped this year by 6.94 as it stood at 70.05 percentage points than last year’s 76.99.
According to the statistics, the pass percentage of girl students was 75.08 and those of boys 66.29.
The girls also maintained their supremacy in the merit list of the examination as they clinched all the first three positions, although the second position was shared by a boy and a girl.
Sobia Azfer, daughter of Syed Azfer Ahmed (Roll No 501960), topped the examination by securing 798 of the 850 marks (93.88 per cent). She belonged to the Programmer Secondary School, Sector 11-B, North Karachi.
The second position was shared by Shahzaib Khan, son of Shariq Nadeem (Roll No 418307), and Komal Wakeel, daughter of Abdul Wakeel (Roll No 505983), as both of them got 787 marks (92.59pc). They belonged to the SM Public Academy Campus-5 (Secondary), Gulistan-i-Jauhar and the Little Folks School, North Nazimabad Block F, respectively.
The third position was bagged by Afshar Qadri, daughter of Zafar Ahmed Qadri (Roll No 534769). She secured 786 marks (92.47 pc) and belonged to the BMB Toddlers Girls Secondary School, Frere Road.
Of the total 81,066 successful candidates, 13,057 candidates (4,800 — 7.25pc boys and 8,257 — 16.68pc girls) secured A-1 grade; 23,309 candidates — 20.14pc (1,1627 — 17.56pc boys and 1,1682 — 23.60pc girls) obtained A grade; 23,272 — 20.11pc (1,3261 — 20.03pc boys and 10,011 — 20.22pc girls) secured B grade; 16,424 — 14.19pc (10,392 — 15.69pc boys and 6,032 — 12.19pc girls) got C grade; 4,909 — 4.24pc (3,732 — 5.64pc boys and 1,177 Â– 2.38pc girls) secured D grade while 95 candidates — 0.08pc (86 — 0.13pc boys and nine — 0.02pc girls) were placed in E grade.
The BSEK by declaring the results on July 15 met the deadline fixed by the steering committee of the Sindh education department for announcing the results of SSC annual examinations. Last year’s examination results of the same group were announced on July 31, 2008.