Cambridge O, A Level Results 2012: Karachi’s students swept the CIE Olympics
KARACHI: Who would have thought that watching the Spice Girls and Take That perform at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London would delay the O’ and A’ Level results from reaching Karachi. Well, it did.
Farah Imam, the principal of Happy Home School, and a science teacher at The Lyceum School both claimed that this was the first time the results had been delayed. “We usually get the result very early in the morning,” said the Lyceum teacher. “Today, we didn’t get anything till 5am GMT and then we had to sort through the data so that took much longer. But the results this year were brilliant so I guess it was worth the wait.”
The Habib Public School appears to be bent on supplying the bulk of future mathematicians for Pakistan, as a majority of its graduating O’ Levels students went home with A* and A grades in Math. An A* is for scoring over 90%.
Ali Zaigham Jafrani (10A*, As) said that he was hoped he would get into Karachi Grammar School, but has a list of backup schools. At the AES School for Girls, Aji Syed, emerged with the best result of 9A*s and one A.
The staff at Avicenna school was over the moon with the O’ Level results. With over 320 students sitting the exam, according to Ghulam at the administration desk around 50 students received A*s, and a 100 others received As.
A biology teacher at TLS said that the results this year exceeded expectations. “More than 90% of the science students got As and A*s,” she said. “I heard that we only had one B in mathematics this year.” One the best results at TLS this year was Alisha Sethi’s 4A*s 1A, some even got 5A*s.
A hyperventilating Myra Merchant at The Lyceum School jumped on her friends when she found out she scored 4As, including one in Art. Batool Abid, a prefect who was ushering students in and out of the library for their results said the result was so good that one of the worst things she saw on Monday was people crying over Bs. “No one fainted, vomited or threw things around,” she said. “People got upset when they didn’t get the grades they wanted but it was all good and very civilised.”
The dean of Nixor College, Nadeem Ghani, said that last year the result was good, and this year it was even better. Naseema Kapadia, the headmistress of St Joseph’s Convent School’s Cambridge section, said that their students stood out in World History because that is what they excel in. “If you compare our result with others, it may not sound like we have a lot of A*s or As,” she said. “We only have 37 students and our school is known for consistently performing well.”
The dean of St Patrick’s High School’s A’ Level section, Dolan Rodriques, said that the result was exceptionally good this year, especially in Maths, Physics and Biology. The teachers kept handing out the results till 1:30pm to 450 O’ and A’ Level students because of the CIE delay.
Shrieks of excitement echoed down the halls of Foundation Public School’s DHA campus as principal Yasmeen Minhas announced the result. Out of the 168 students who sat for their O’ Levels, 98 students scored more than 5As, four students from the North campus got 9As. Around 50 students got A*s and 58 got As in English, Economics, Islamiyat, Biology and English Literature.
At the Happy Home School, principal Imam was ecstatic with Anas Masood’s 7A*s. “Around 68 of our students sat for their O’ Levels this year and did amazingly well,” she said. “The worst grade we got this year was an E.” Most of her students were planning to go to Nixor College or Beacon House School System for their A’ Levels. “Of course, two or three of our students are also planning to apply to Karachi Grammar School but you know they are very strict. They only want the crème de la crème. The students who want to pursue social sciences will be applying to The Lyceum School.”
Samreen Mahmood, the O’ Level coordinator at L’ecole, said that the students at the school had performed very well in Sociology, Business Studies and Economics. “The class strength for each of these subjects was 12 students on average. All of them scored As, except for maybe one or two,” she said. “The results at L’ecole have been getting better each year and I think that the student-teacher ratio, which is around 15 children to two teachers, is helping us secure better results.”
Breakdown of grades by subjects
Habib Public School
AES School for Girls
|Number of students who sat the exams||73|
|Number of A*s||103|
|Number of As||160|
|Number of Bs||119|
|Number of Cs||34|