The Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB) has announced results for its Secondary and Higher Secondary School Certifications for the May 2016 examination session.
According to the results, girls have taken top positions in SSC and HSSC exams for the fourth consecutive year.
The overall passing rate for SSC Part I has been 85.5% with 46.7% of candidates scoring ‘A’ grade and above. Meanwhile, the overall passing rate for SSC Part II was 88.8% with 55.6% of candidates obtaining ‘A’ grade and above.
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The overall passing rate for SSC Part I has been 85.5 per cent with 46.7 per cent of candidates scoring ‘A’ grade and above. Meanwhile, the overall passing rate for SSC Part II was 88.8 per cent with 55.6 per cent of candidates obtaining ‘A’ grade and above.
Alina Fatima from the Al-Murtaza School, Karachi and Hira Naz from Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Kuragh (Chitral, KPK) scored 93.36 per cent and secured the first position for the Secondary School Certification (SSC). Alina also gained the second position in the elective subjects of the Science Group along with Ali Mehdi from IBA Community College, Khairpur.
“Although I was expecting good grades but it is really exciting to be an AKU EB position holder from a remote area like Lutkoh, Chitral. I am aware that it is a challenge for females to get good education but I would like to thank my parents for their support and efforts. In the AKU EB system we learn how to apply our learning in daily life which makes us confident about our knowledge. In the future I want to be a Neurologist. I am also eager to do philanthropic work in under privileged areas of country.” – Hira Naz.
“The performance of my student Hira Naz has doubled my self-confidence, confidence on my team, students and parents. We highly appreciate the support and coordination from AKU EB in every aspect. The trainings provided by AKU EB are of high quality and prepare teachers for a higher level of teaching and learning.”- Bibi Sultana, Principal, Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Kuragh (Chitral).
“AKU EB has made wonderful efforts in raising the quality of education and assessment across the country. Getting the overall first position in SSC at the country level is a great achievement by Hira Naz which has made the Chitral proud. This is a great milestone achieved by a talented student form the remote area of Lutkoh, Chitral.” – Dr Inayatullah Faizi, an Educationist and Writer. (…)
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About Aga Khan University Examination Board in Pakistan
Schools across Pakistan have adopted the AKU Examination Board’s testing and assessment systems, which experts, teachers, parents and students have applauded for their positive impact on learning.
In 1995, 16 private schools in Pakistan wrote to Aga Khan University to express concern about the poor quality of secondary education in the country. Echoing a widespread complaint, they identified the country’s testing system as a major problem and asked the University to establish an independent examination board. In Pakistan, graduation from secondary school and admission to university is contingent upon passing a test whose content is determined by one of a number of regional examination boards. At the time, these boards were all government entities.
The schools’ request launched a process that culminated in AKU establishing Pakistan’s first private Examination Board, in 2003. While existing examinations largely rewarded memorization, thereby reinforcing the heavy reliance upon rote learning in Pakistan’s schools, the AKU Examination Board has taken a different approach, developing exams based on Pakistan’s national curriculum that reward critical thinking and problem solving. At the same time, the Board works closely with schools to provide training, learning materials and appropriate syllabi that help teachers to move away from rote instructional methods and develop students’ analytical skills. The result is graduates who are better prepared to succeed at university and in intellectually demanding occupations, and to make a positive contribution to society.
The Board uses a highly reliable, secure and transparent electronic marking system – the first of its kind in South Asia. Not only does this prevent cheating, it allows the Board to provide meaningful feedback on performance to schools, student by student and question by question.
Today, the Board is recognized as a role model, and has assisted government examination boards in upgrading the skills of their staff and their practices.
In 2014, more than 8,600 secondary and higher secondary school students sat for examinations developed and graded by the AKU Examination Board. In 2012, a survey of higher secondary graduates found that 86 percent had been accepted to university, and a 2014 impact assessment found that universities view AKU-EB graduates as being especially well prepared for higher education.
In addition to its secondary and higher secondary certificates, the Board launched a Middle School Programme in 2011, recognizing the need to reach students at an earlier age, during a critical stage in their development that helps to lay the groundwork for future success. Already, more than 5,800 students are enrolled in the Programme.
The Board aims to make its services accessible to as many schools as possible while maintaining the highest quality standards. Fees are affordable compared to other private alternatives and the Board has begun to offer scholarships to individual students.
Source: AKDN org