“Besides my own hard work, I will give much credit to AKU-EB for showing me the way to get to where I stand today. Studies at AKU-EB are tough but as I got used to concept-based learning, I began to enjoy them more,” stated the SSC first position holder Syed Wahaj Ahmed during “Passing the Torch 2012” students award ceremony held at Aga Khan University Examination Board today.
Passing the Torch students award ceremony is a continuation of an annual tradition celebrated by AKU-EB to recognise its top three Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) performers. As part of the tradition 2011 position holders presented awards to this year’s position holders symbolising the continuation of the journey of knowledge and achievements from one year to the next.
This year, candidates from Karachi out performed those from the rest of the country in both SSC and HSSC exams, the only exception being the third HSSC position which was secured by Adil Shah of Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Gahkuch, Gilgit-Baltistan with 90.18 per cent. Anum Zehra Raza of Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karimabad, Karachi, with 91 per cent marks was awarded the first position in HSSC while Hafsa Jawed of Habib Public High School (Girls), Karachi with 90.82 per cent marks secured second position.
In the SSC examinations Syed Wahaj Ahmed of Shahwilayat Public School, Karachi with 90.27 per cent marks secured first position, Sadaf Batool Rizvi of Al-Murtaza School, Karachi stood second with 90.18 per cent marks, while two students, Sheharyar Farooq of Sultan Mohammad Shah Aga Khan School and Zahra Hussaini of Habib Girls School, both from Karachi, were awarded a joint third position with 90.09 per cent marks.
Parents of the top performers and their school principals also attended the ceremony. “This ceremony is a novel idea where alumni are passing the light of learning to the current position holders and sharing their experiences with each other. AKU-EB is impressive. They make the students realise the importance of education and learning. In a country where local boards have failed to implement their syllabuses, AKU-EB has maintained a level of transparency and implementation since its inception,” remarked Ms Musarrat Haidery, Principal of Shahwilayat Public School.
A recent survey of HSSC alumni of 2010-11conducted by AKU-EB identified 145 placements into renowned institutions across Pakistan in a variety of disciplines such as Medical/Pharmacy/Nursing (23 per cent), Engineering/IT (18 per cent), Business/Commerce (30 per cent) and specialised sciences and Art/Humanities (11 per cent each).
Annual SSC and HSSC results are accessible online at http://examinationboard.aku.edu/examinationservices
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