The Board of Secondary Education, Karachi (BSEK) announced the results for humanities (regular, private and special candidates) second year and commerce (private candidates) for second year at an award ceremony held at the board on Tuesday.
This year too, girls out performed boys in both subject categories, and all three positions in the humanities group were taken by private colleges.
In the humanities regular group the first position went to Rija Zahid, from the DA Degree Women College, who scored 82.6 percent, followed by Suboor Fatima from the Iqra Huffaz Girls Science College at 79.54 percent and Safiya Kareem from the Zubair Public Higher Secondary School at 79.36 percent.
At least 10,393 candidates registered for the exam, of which only two candidates received an A one grade. The pass percentage was 45.04. In the humanities private group, Saadia Rasheed got the first position at 78.54 percent; Ambreen Qasim got the second position at 78.36 percent and Salma Siddiq at 77.45 percent. Of the 9,795 registered candidates, no one received an A one grade. The pass percentage was 54.53.
In the commerce private group, Amber Sabanat got the first position at 75.72 percent, followed by Anila Hasan Rizvi at 73.81 percent and Maria Mithaiwala at 73.72 percent. Of the 10,578 registered candidates, 38.46 remained the pass percentage.
Position holders while talking to the press declared that load shedding and terrorism were the biggest problems of Pakistan, and the attack on Malala Yousfzai is condemnable. They pointed out that the present curriculum was obsolete and needed upgrading. Meanwhile, the special students said, that they too should be given equal opportunities for higher studies. “A separate university should be established for the handicapped.”
Anwar Ahmad Zai, chairman BSEK, addressing the award ceremony said that the names of those colleges which were not even giving 30 percent result, had been sent to the controlling authority. He also announced a monthly stipend of Rs500 for two years and free text books for the top 20 candidates in both faculties.